Morgan City Police Chief Marc Folse said police were called to the 1000 block of Spruce Street after a female alerted 911 at 1:18 p.m. that she had found a man dead in the home.
Officers arrived to find McManus dead of a small caliber gunshot wound.
St. Mary Parish Coroner Dr. F.H. “Chip” Metz ruled the death a suicide at the scene, and police investigators concurred, Folse said.
In addition to his 30-years in the daily newspaper industry — where he served as sports editor, reporter and managing editor at The Daily Review — McManus recently had expanded his career to include freelance writer and novelist in his repertoire.
During his tenure with the Review, McManus received numerous Louisiana Press Association awards in the best regular column, best continuing coverage of an event, best feature story, outstanding investigative reporting and best feature photo categories.
More recently, he received the Meritorious Service Award from the Atchafalaya Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute at its annual banquet in April 2010.
McManus penned “Pioneers, Heroes, Innovators,” a 60-plus-year history of Petroleum Helicopters Inc., which was published this summer.
He most recently was employed as a health, safety, security and environmental administrative assistant at Crown Oilfield Services in Bayou Vista.
McManus is survived by his wife Bonnie of Morgan City; his daughter, Megan Leonard of Lafayette; and two sisters.
Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Morgan City. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in the Morgan City Cemetery.