Democratic Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson, 51, died suddenly early Saturday morning while receiving emergency care at the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center.
“We are deeply saddened by Assemblyman Thompson’s sudden passing,” said Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson in a statement. “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.”
Further details haven’t been released.
Thompson, who chaired the Assembly Committee on Education during the 2019 session, had served in the legislature since 2013. During his time, he sponsored several pieces of legislation focusing on homelessness and foster youth.
Prior to his time in the assembly, the North Las Vegas native worked with the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition and the City of Las Vegas.
Note: Story updated to correct Thompson’s age.