Although authorities have not released the name of the victim, the hospital confirmed he was a veteran to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which first reported the story.
"We are grieved to confirm that a Veteran was found deceased in our medical center early this morning," spokeswoman Marcena C. Gunter said in an email to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Our deepest sympathies are with the Veteran’s family and loved ones, our medical center staff and the members of the community affected by this tragic incident."
A St. Louis police officer, Michelle Woodling, said the man committed suicide inside the hospital waiting room at 4:19 a.m. Monday. Further details were not immediately available.
The incident comes at a time when Veterans Affairs is in the headlines amid reports of a possible shakeup at the department, where VA Secretary David Shulkin faces a possible ouster.
Sources told the Associated Press that Shulkin is next on President Donald Trump’s list of civil servants to oust, following a government investigation into his alleged spending abuses.
Two officials told the AP that an announcement on Shulkin may come this week.