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Michigan state lawmaker dies of suspected coronavirus infection

Michigan state Rep. Isaac Robinson (D) died on Sunday due to a suspected coronavirus infection, according to his family.

His mother, former state Rep. Rose Mary Robinson (D), confirmed Robinson’s death in a statement to 7 Action News, a local ABC affiliate.

“I called EMS, they took him to Receiving at 6 a.m. and he was dead by 11,” she added to local news affiliate Crain’s Detroit Business.

Robinson, 44, was unmarried and previously served as a political director for the Teamsters Union, according to Crain’s.

“Rep. Isaac Robinson had a huge heart, a quick wit, and a genuine passion for the people. I am very sad to hear of his passing. He was a fierce advocate for Detroiters and people across Southeast Michigan,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) tweeted on Sunday.

“He dedicated his career to ensuring justice and security for those he served, and the impact he had on his community will continue to be felt for years to come. Rep. Robinson will be missed by many, including me. It was an honor to serve the people of Michigan alongside him,” she added.

The coronavirus outbreak, which has sickened more than 130,000 nationwide, has killed more than 130 people in the state of Michigan. The disease often presents as a form of pneumonia, which can be deadly.


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