Family friend Emerson Duque tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/SDzKG2) that Snyder died Wednesday at his Huntington Beach home. The cause of death isn't determined.
Snyder represented Boyle Heights and other eastern neighborhoods from 1967 to 1985. He backed anti-gang programs and brought affordable housing projects to the largely Latino area.
The colorful Snyder also was involved in several accidents in city cars, survived a trial for drunken driving, made headlines by eloping with a 19-year-old aide and survived a recall attempt.
He became a lobbyist after leaving the council. His law license was briefly suspended following a 1996 misdemeanor conviction for campaign finance violations.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com