Eddie L. McCann

In 2008, when Jennifer Hudson went to the morgue to identify the body of Julian King, her murdered 7-year-old nephew, Eddie L. McCann Jr. comforted her and helped arrange a decoy vehicle to distract a media swarm from her car.

And he called police to get “paparazzi” removed from a nearby roof, said Sean Howard, a former spokesman for Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, who worked with Mr. McCann at the morgue that day.

“He was very helpful and he was very knowledgeable about the political Who’s Who — and Who’s Not — in town,” said Bob Shaw, a retired alderman and county official. “If you wanted to meet someone, he was the person to see and he would arrange it.”

An ally of Todd Stroger and his father, John, Mr. McCann worked as an investigator at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, as a Chicago Police officer and as a deputy chief of the Cook County Forest Preserve Police.

When he died Saturday of congestive heart failure at Advocate Christ Hospital, Mr. McCann, 66, was chief of staff to Ald. Howard B. Brookins Jr. (21st).

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