A long-serving Democrat from Tennessee has died following a jet ski accident over the weekend. Former state Sen. Roy B. Herron succumbed to his injuries earlier this month. He was 69, Fox News reported.

“Herron had decades of public service, including terms in the state House of Representatives, Senate and as chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party. He was also a candidate for governor in 2010,” the outlet noted.

A local Fox affiliate reported that Herron was hospitalized following the July 1 accident on Kentucky Lake. Since his passing, several relatives, friends, and former colleagues have shared empathetic messages.

“Saddened by the death of former colleague in Tennessee General Assembly, Roy Herron,” Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., tweeted. “Roy succumbed to injuries from jet ski accident last weekend apparently caused by negligence of another. He was bright, diligent, and honest. A politician destined for greatness.”

Tennessee Senate Minority Leader Raumesh Akbari, meanwhile, described Herron a “dedicated and joyful warrior for the causes he held dear.”

“Behind that warm smile, he was as tenacious as they come and never better than when he was fighting for public schools, affordable healthcare and working families,” he added.

Republicans also expressed their condolences.

“@RoyHerron was the kind of guy that you couldn’t help but like. He came to my office on many occasions to lobby or debate and we would end up just sharing stories about life,” he wrote on Twitter. “TN lost a true servant.”

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“I want to extend my condolences to the family of former Tennessee Democratic State Party Chair and former State Senator Roy Herron who just passed. In this pic, we are going door to door in one of his campaigns years ago. Senator Herron was truly a statesman and public servant and will be missed by us all!!!” noted NAACP Memphis Branch head Van Turner.

n September, reports noted that a tragic and apparently random murder of a former intern for a Democrat Congress member was caught on video.

Police called it an unprovoked attack after initially believing it was a robbery attempt, The Daily Mail reported.

Democrat Pennsylvania Rep. Brendan Boyle posted about the murder on his Facebook page while attacking gun violence in Philadelphia.

“I am heartsick to learn the senseless epidemic of gun violence has struck a member of my team, our former campaign intern Everett Beauregard,” the congressman said.

“Everett worked for my campaign during the 2018 election season. He made great contributions to our electoral victory that year.

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