— The piano teacher for the wealthy California couple that is suspected of killing their 4-year-old son has died at his home.
Rich Piva, who taught the piano at his father’s Marin-area home for more than 30 years, was 62.
His wife, Maria Piva said in a statement released Saturday night.
She called Piva “a loving husband and father” who loved teaching.
The family is deeply saddened by the passing of Rich Pivar, who served in the U.S. Army for nearly 10 years and was the subject of an investigation into possible abuse.
Maria Pivara said she was a great teacher and a wonderful mother.
“I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such a wonderful and generous man,” Maria Pivo said.
Rich, a native of Naples, Fla., started teaching at his mother’s Marin elementary school in 1979 and moved to Marin in the late 1980s, according to the Marin School District.
Rich Piva has taught piano for more in Marin since 1997, but his last class at the home was held in February 2019, according.
Piva was an active member of the Marin Police Department and retired as a sergeant in 2015, according with Marin police.
He is survived by his wife, the daughter of his parents, and three grandchildren, according his daughter, Maria Rosa.
In a statement, Marin Police Chief Eric McManus said the department is aware of the passing.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our beloved teacher, Rich Piola, during this difficult time,” McManuses said.
He said the Marin school district and the Marin County Medical Examiner’s Office will release additional information in the coming days.
The Marin School Board will hold a meeting at 9 a.m.
Tuesday to discuss the death.
Authorities have not released any information about a possible motive in the case, including what led to Piva’s death.
His daughter told The Associated Press that the father was a hard worker and was a good father to his children.
Pivars youngest child, 5-year old Jacob, died in March from injuries sustained when his father fell down a flight of stairs while playing with him.
He was rushed to the hospital, but he was not pronounced dead.
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