By Jesse Sarles

(CBS4) – Norm Early, Colorado’s first Black prosecutor, has died from complications related to diabetes. Early served as a chief deputy DA for the Denver District Attorney’s Office before being appointed DA himself in 1983.

Norm Early

(Photo By Glen Martin/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

He held that position for 10 years.

Early was instrumental in founding the National Black Prosecutors Association.

Current Denver DA Beth McCann shared a statement saying she remembered Early as a “giant” in the DA’s officer, saying in part “… whenever he was giving a closing argument, we all cleared our schedules to be able to watch.”

Norm Early

Norm Early — author and former Denver District Attorney (2000 file credit: Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

“Norm was always passionate about victims of crime and made their well-being a cornerstone of his time as district attorney,” she wrote.

Jesse Sarles