Kenneth P. Thompson, American lawyer, Died at 50


Kenneth P. “Ken” Thompson was born in 1966, and died on October 9, 2016.

He was the District Attorney of Kings County, New York from 2014 until his death on October 9, 2016.

Following graduation from New York City public schools, Thompson attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Thompson’s mother, Clara Thompson, was one of the first female police officers in the New York City Police Department to patrol the streets in 1973.

He attended New York University School of Law where he earned the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal for contributions to the law school community.

He started as an attorney in the United States Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., where he served as Special Assistant to former Treasury Department Undersecretary for Enforcement and now the Secretary General of Interpol, Ronald K. Noble.

He became the Assistant U.S. Attorney under Zachary W. Carter, in the United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, in 1995.

On October 4, 2016, he announced that he had recently learned he had cancer and would take a sick leave.

Reportedly Thompson said in a statement that his chief assistant, Eric Gonzalez, would take over as interim district attorney during “the absences occasioned” by his “treatment and recovery.

He died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

He left behind his wife Lu-Shawn Thompson, they were married for 17 years, his two children, and his parents.

Kenneth P. Thompson passed away at 50 years old.