“As friends, family, and many of his constituents will know, Ron maintained his quick wit and optimism until the very end,” the congressman’s office said in a statement. “Despite years of painful, sometimes debilitating treatment for cancer, Ron never lacked the desire to get up and go to work, to motivate those around him, or to offer fatherly advice.”
The statement notes that Wright’s wife, Susan, was hospitalized with COVID-19 two weeks ago.
Wright is the first sitting member of Congress to die after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow (R-La.), 41, died of the disease in late December, days before he was set to be sworn in.
Wright was reelected to his seat in November 2020.
CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, a previous version of this article misstated when Wright was diagnosed with cancer. It was 2018, not 2019.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.