Former Senator Thad Cochran has passed away, reported CNN. Cochran represented Mississippi in the US Senate from 1978 to 2018.
Cochran passed away on Thursday morning. His successor, Cindy Hyde-Smith, released the sad news in a statement.
The release said Cochran's family "extends its gratitude for the support shown to the Senator by Mississippians over the years," and that he "passed away peacefully early Thursday morning."
President Trump issued a statement shortly after the sad news broke. He wrote that he was saddened by the news and that Cochran had never let the Republican Party down.
"Very sad to hear the news on the passing of my friend, Senator Thad Cochran," tweeted the POTUS. "He was a real Senator with incredible values - even flew back to Senate from Mississippi for important Healthcare Vote when he was desperately ill. Thad never let our Country (or me) down!"
The long-serving Republican died in Oxford, Mississippi. A cause of death was not immediately disclosed. He resigned from his position as senator in April 2018 due to health issues.
Cochran was serving in his seventh term in the US Senate. He was first elected to Congress in 1972 before being elected to the Senate in 1978.
Please pray for his family as they mourn his passing. May God give them comfort and peace.