Former Michigan Sen. Morris Hood III dies at 54 from COVID-19

The former sen. represented Dearborn, Melvindale, northwest Detroit

Former Michigan Senator Morris Hood III (left) dies at age 54 after contracting COVID-19 -- the disease caused by the coronavirus. He is pictured with current Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (right). Photo courtesy of the governor's office. (The office of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer)

Former Michigan Senator Morris Hood III has died on Tuesday after a battle with COVID-19 -- the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Sen. Hood, 54, represented Michigan’s 3rd district of Dearborn, Melvindale and northwest Detroit from 2010-2018. He also served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2003-2008.

The Democratic member formerly served as the Senate Floor Minority Leader.

“Morris was a dear friend. He was a proud Detroiter and continued the family commitment to the service of his community. There was not a more loyal friend, thoughtful advisor or quicker wit," Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday. "Mo was the type of guy that lit up the room and made you glad to be there. He is doing that in his next life now and those of us left here are better having known him. May he rest in peace. My love and prayers go to his beloved family and many friends who grieve this tough loss.”

Statement from Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans:

“I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Morris Hood III this morning from complications related to COVID-19. Morris served the State of Michigan admirably in both the House and the Senate for nearly two decades, and recently served as a valued member of my administration. He was the very definition of a public servant, one who dedicated his life to improving the lives of others and bettering his community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hood family at this difficult time.”

Statement from Detroit Mayor Duggan:

“Our city has lost another champion to COVID-19 with the passing for former State Senator Morris Hood III. In his life and his years of public service, “Mo” carried on his father’s tradition of public service and fighting for justice and equality. His passing is a great loss to the community and another reminder of how important it is for all of us to protect ourselves and each other from the spread of this virus.”

Statement from Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell:

“Morris was a brother to me. He loved everyone but he loved Angela with his whole heart and soul and now he is at home with her. When John died, there was no one who understood better than he, losing half of yourself, and he just was there as a rock to help get me through. He did so much good for so many, never stopped working for others and our communities will deeply miss him. I cannot express how sad I am that he passed and I have another hole in my heart.”

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