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Police investigate death of man found in restaurant parking lot as 'suspicious'

Asheville police said the body a Weaverville man was found unresponsive in the parking lot area of Longhorn Steakhouse on Friday evening. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Police are investigating the death of a Weaverville man, who was found in a restaurant parking lot as suspicious.

Asheville police said the body of James Lee Smith, 38, was found unresponsive in the parking lot area of Longhorn Steakhouse on Friday night.

Smith was discovered close to the old location of Cheeseburger in Paradise. A witness said he saw the man fall into the bushes.

Authorities said they're investigating the incident as a suspicious death. If you have any information about the case, contact Asheville police.

This story is developing and will be updated as details become available.

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