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Death causes longtime car dealership to close

November 26, 2008

Duke Gold's Speedway International Inc., a longtime Volkswagen and Subaru car dealership on the northwest outskirts of downtown, went out of business Friday after its owner, Larry "Duke" Gold, died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

The cause of the Nov. 19 death was ruled a suicide by the Marion County Coroner's Office.

Gold, 49, was found at 1501 W. 16th St., according to the coroner's office. The location is Bush Stadium, which was home to the Indianapolis Indians baseball team before it moved to Victory Field downtown in 1996. The stadium is near the dealership.

At the dealership, signs on doors say it is closed and thank customers for their patronage. Cars are parked to prevent access into inventory on the lots.

General Manager Andy Thimlar II would not comment.

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