Local doctor found dead

By The Mercury

The body of a local physician was discovered Monday morning in an apartment he rented.

Police would not comment on the cause of death beyond saying it was not believed to be suspicious, but numerous other sources reported that he died of apparent self-inflicted causes.

Authorities identified the deceased as Daniel Hinkin, 58, whose home was listed as 1205 Stoneridge Ct., but who also had an apartment in the Westchester complex, where his body was found Monday. It was not immediately clear when Dr. Hinkin died, although there were reports that he had been seen Saturday afternoon.

An orthopaedic surgeon, he was since 1997 a partner in the Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center at 1600 Charles Place.

Noted for his involvement in sports medicine, Dr. Hinkin worked with several KSU athletic teams, and this past season was often seen on the bench at KSU men’s and women’s basketball games. His biography on the firm’s website indicated he was also among physicians used by the U.S. ski team.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, for which he practiced orthopaedic medicine from 1985 to 1997, he had been chief of sports medicine services at the U.S. Air Force Academy prior to entering civilian practice here.

A 1977 Air Force Academy graduate, he earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas in 1980.

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