Elizabeth Warren Loses Oldest Brother to COVID-19

YahooNews/GMA (“Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s oldest brother died from COVID-19 complications“):

The eldest of former Democratic presidential contender and Massachusetts Sen. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s three older brothers, Don Reed, died on Tuesday night from the coronavirus in Norman, Oklahoma, about three weeks after testing positive. He was 86.

“My oldest brother, Don Reed, died from coronavirus on Tuesday evening. He joined the Air Force at 19 and spent his career in the military, including five and a half years off and on in combat in Vietnam. He was charming and funny, a natural leader,” she wrote in a series of tweets and confirmed in a statement on Thursday.

Sad news, indeed. Condolences to the Senator.

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Comments

  1. Mister Bluster says:

    May he Rest In Peace

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  2. CSK says:

    According to EW, Mr. Herring had no family members with him when he died, and there will be no funeral. Awful. I hope she and her other brothers can find some consolation in their memories.

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  3. Robert Sharperson says:

    So sad

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  4. grumpy realist says:

    R.I.P. And condolences to Elizabeth Warren and the rest of her family.

  5. EddieInCA says:

    @CSK:

    As I mentioned in a previous thread, I knew four people who died early in the pendemic. That number is now 6, unfortunately. One of them, a First Assistant Director, was someone I knew very, very well. In speaking to his widow, she relayed to me that the worst part of him dying was that he was, literally, alone when he died. Neither she, nor their kids, who, fortunately, didn’t contract the disease, were allowed to be in the hospital. For the last four painful days of his life when he was still coherent, he could only communicate with them via skype on his cell phone. The last three days when he was on the ventilator, he was alone with only a nurse practitioner checking in to watch the machines….until he died….alone.

    My sympathies to the entire Warren extended family.

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  6. CSK says:

    @EddieInCA:
    Yes. The enforced separation just quintuples the grief.

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  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    RIP.