Former Detroit City Council President Gil Hill dies at 84

Former Detroit city council president Gil Hill has died.

Hill was pronounced dead at DMC Sinai Grace Hospital at 4:40 p.m. Monday. The retired Detroit police homicide inspector and one-time mayoral candidate was 84.

Hill was admitted Feb. 17 with pneumonia and was listed in critical condition.

In 2001 he ran unsuccessfully against Kwame Kilpatrick for mayor. He is also known for his role in Beverly Hills Cop I and II, as the foul-mouthed Inspector Todd to Eddie Murphy's role as Axel Foley.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan released a statement praising Hill's service to the city.

"Gil Hill spent more than 40 years serving our city in the Detroit Police Department and as a member of the Detroit City Council. He never stopped believing in our city and dedicated his life to making our city a better place for all. Our condolences go out to his family."

The family of Gil Hill also released a statement. Family spokesperson Chris Jackson said:

"The family of Gilbert 'Gil' Hill is deeply saddened to inform the public that Gil passed away today and joined the ancestors in the land of glory. As many of you know, Gil had been recently hospitalized and was on the road to recovery. We are relieved that his passing was peaceful and painless. 

"Details of the funeral will be forthcoming. We ask that you pray for the family and respect our privacy during this very difficult time."

Also weighing in was Warren County Executive Warren Evans. He said in a statement:

"As a rookie deputy I developed a professional relationship with Gil. Occasionally I would deliver information from the Wayne County Jail to him regarding homicide cases.

"Our friendship grew as I continued my career in law enforcement and he was always encouraging and supportive of my development. My thoughts and prayers are with Gil’s family during this difficult time." 

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