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Nevada Mourns Sudden Death of Southern Nevada Lawmaker


By Don Dike Anukam

Image: Elect Tyrone Thompson Facebook.
Image: Elect Tyrone Thompson Facebook.

Nevada Legislator Tyrone Thompson (D-North Las Vegas) suddenly passed away yesterday at Carson Tahoe Regional Hospital. He was surrounded by family and friends when he died. The veteran lawmaker and chairman of the Nevada State Assembly Education committee was known by many as a champion for students, the homeless, and the voiceless.

Tributes poured in from throughout the state.

From Nevada State Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson:

“We are deeply saddened by Assemblyman Thompson’s sudden passing. He was well respected by his colleagues in the Legislature for his dedication and leadership. His warm smile and larger-than-life presence will truly be missed in our Assembly chamber. We ask that you respect the privacy of his family at this difficult time.”

Governor Steve Sisolak:

“I am heartbroken by the unexpected passing of Assemblyman Thompson. He spent his career in service to others and dedicated his life to lifting up and protecting the most vulnerable in our community. They say that no man stands so tall as when he stoops to help another, and Assemblyman Thompson stood larger-than-life because of his selfless service to his fellow Nevadans.

Senate Republicans:

“Nevada has lost a kind and passionate leader and the members of the Nevada Legislature have lost a tremendous colleague and friend. Assemblyman Thompson was a tireless advocate for education and the community at large.  His efforts to provide mentors and role models to the community’s youth were unmatched – he was the best mentor among them. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tyrone’s family, friends, and our legislative colleagues today.”

Don Dike Anukam
Don Dike Anukam
Don Dike-Anukam is a Reno native attending college in northern Nevada. He has been involved in activist politics for 15 years on and off, and has been involved in multiple campaigns in multiple positions in that time. He also was a college radio political, news, and talk-show host covering a range of stories from hostage standoffs, fires, interviews, and public speeches.