Henderson Judge Diana Hampton, 50, Found Dead at Her Home
Diana Hampton was found dead after police responded to a welfare check at her Nevada home on Sunday
Henderson Municipal Judge Diana Hampton was found dead in her Nevada home, the Henderson Police Department confirms to PEOPLE.
Police discovered her body unresponsive in her home on the 3100 block of Palazzo Reale Avenue at about 12:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon after they were called to make a welfare check when family members could not reach her.
“Our detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding her death, however, no foul play has been detected,” Senior Public Information Officer with the Henderson Police Department Michelle French tells PEOPLE.
The 50-year-old mother of two served as a municipal judge since 2005, and was re-elected in April 2011. She was currently serving the city as the Chief Municipal Judge for January 2016 through December 2017. Prior to becoming the municipal judge, Hampton worked as a Deputy City Attorney, prosecuting misdemeanors, including domestic batteries and DUI’s.
“It was with great sadness that my colleagues on the city council and I learned of Judge Hampton s passing,” Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen and the Henderson City Council says in a statement to PEOPLE. “We want to express our deepest condolences to her family, staff and all those she knew and loved.”
He added, “She was a great advocate for justice and fairness. She was a leader, serving as Chief Judge and working tirelessly to help make our community better. Her presence on the bench and in our community will be deeply missed.”
The Clark Country coroner’s office was able to confirm Hampton died on Sunday but is still unable to provide a cause of death.
In 2005, Hampton revealed in an interview that she worked as a topless dancer in Las Vegas to put herself through college.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Hampton worked for seven years at Cheetahs strip club in the 1990s earning $1,000 a week.
Talking about her past, Hampton said: “I wish I could have grown up with parents who could have put me through school, but that was not the hand I was dealt,” she added: “If anything, it gave me a greater outlook on life.”