Omar announces father's death from coronavirus complications

Omar announces father's death from coronavirus complications
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Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' McCarthy: GOP not the party of 'nativist dog whistles' White House reverses course on refugee cap after Democratic eruption MORE (D-Minn.) on Monday announced that her father has died due to complications from COVID-19.

Omar said in a statement, “It is with tremendous sadness and pain” that she was sharing the death of her father, Nur Omar Mohamed.

“No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew him,” Omar said. “My family and I ask for your respect and privacy during this time."


Omar did not provide any additional information. She shared a photo of herself and her father on Twitter. 

Several lawmakers shared support for Omar on social media.

"My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your father, @IlhanMN. The pain you’re feeling is familiar to me. My heart breaks for you, sister. I’m praying for you and your family,” Minnesota Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan (D) tweeted Tuesday.


Rep. Deb HaalandDeb HaalandOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior says it isn't immediately reinstating coal leasing moratorium despite revoking Trump order | Haaland seeks to bolster environmental law targeted by Trump | Debate heats up over role of carbon offsets in Biden's 'net-zero' goal Haaland revokes a dozen Trump orders Haaland seeks to bolster environmental law targeted by Trump MORE (D-N.M.) tweeted “Ilhan, I am so sorry for your loss. I send my deepest condolences. Sending love to you and your family.” 

Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarDemocrat: Ex-Trump aide Miller should be jailed for human rights violations Democrats play defense on border crisis Democrats move smaller immigration bills while eyeing broad overhaul MORE (D-Texas) shared “Ilhan, my sincerest condolences. Sending you much love and prayers for peace.”

Multiple other lawmakers' loved ones have also died following complications due to the coronavirus.

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersMarjorie Taylor Greene to introduce resolution to expel Maxine Waters Waters: Fauci 'was being bullied' by Jordan during hearing Maxine Waters cuts off Jim Jordan, Fauci sparring at hearing: 'Shut your mouth' MORE (D-Calif.) shared last month that her sister, Velma Moody, died from the virus and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWorld passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Poll: 56 percent say wealth tax is part of solution to inequality Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents MORE's (D-Mass.) brother died in April due to COVID-19.