Joyce, 56, was found dead by his wife, according to a statement from Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the Bristol District Attorney's office.
"Foul play is not suspected in the death at this time," said Miliote.
The state's chief medical examiner planned to conduct an autopsy and the investigation remained "active and ongoing," the spokesman said.
A Democrat who served as assistant majority leader, Joyce was first elected in 1998 and left the Senate after not seeking re-election in 2016 amid the federal probe. He moved to Westport, Massachusetts, from Milton after his political career ended.
In December 2017, Joyce was named in a 113-count indictment charging him with racketeering, extortion, wire fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors said he accepted up to $1 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for helping companies and then laundering the money through his law office, disguising it as legal fees.
Then-acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb said at the time that Joyce violated his duty to his constituents "by accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for his official action."...
If these parties really happened, it’s difficult to see how the police were never once called, parents were never once alerted, and the FBI, conducting several background checks on Kavanaugh through the years, never once heard tell of it. And the most incredible thing, the most unbelievable thing, the thing that potentially exposes this as a lie or a gross exaggeration, is that the accuser herself kept going back to these drug-fueled rapefests.
There are only three ways to explain this combination of details:
1) It’s not actually true that Kavanaugh and his friends were gang-raping women left and right. The story is completely fabricated.
2) It’s true that there was a lot of sexual contact at these parties, and it’s true that the parties were known for that kind of thing, but the sexual contact was consensual and it happened between people who came to those kinds of parties for that kind of thing.
3) Kavanaugh and his friends really were gang rapists, infamous for sexually brutalizing unsuspecting coeds, but girls kept coming to the parties hoping that they’d be spared.
Innocent people don’t generally attend rape parties over and over again. That just makes no sense. It is far outside the bounds of rational, or believable, human behavior.
Swetnik graduated high school in 1980. That means she was an adult when she attended these high school gang rape parties. So, she not only went to parties with minors when she was an adult, but she went with the knowledge that violent sex crimes were being committed, and she never contacted the authorities.
According to Taylor Foy, a spokeman for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), committee rules state that a planned voted must be posted three days in advance. The Dems tried to delay the Thursday hearing, but Grassley said no. Whether Ford shows up is up to her, but it appears the vote will happen either way and that is a good thing.