Clinton “Billy” Lewis, a supporter of gay rights and owner of a gay bar, was found dead of a gunshot wound early Sunday, the Star Gazette reported.

Police found Lewis' remains in his home, which is located across the street from the gay bar and club he owned, Chill, in small town Elmira, New York.

Lewis was pronounced dead at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center a short time later.

The 53-year-old had helped organize local gay pride events in the past.

“This is a shocking event. Bill was a friend to so many,” said Tom Schreur, a business partner who owns the building where Chill is located.

Friends of the deceased gathered outside the bar on Sunday.

“He was a dear friend,” said Alexis Franchi of Elmira. “He helped me out, and helped my little brother out. He was a good guy. He opened his door to anyone who needed help.”

Police divulged few details, but said there was no evidence of a break-in. The paper reported that Lewis did not live alone.