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Family of Sen. Gudex releases statement

Posted at 9:05 AM, Oct 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-15 20:30:30-04

Today the family of Senator Rick Gudex released a statement regarding his death.

It reads:

"Our family appreciates the concern and support from so many people during this time of grieving Rick's unexpected passing. He was a beloved member of our family and a thoughtful leader in his community.

We now know Rick was feeling an overwhelming depression and hopelessness that he kept to himself. He is not suffering now, but we miss him terribly. He loved his family. We cherish many wonderful memories.

Rick cared deeply for the people of his district. He loved talking to his constituents. He took pride in improving his community, and the State of Wisconsin. He loved working with Republicans and Democrats alike in the Senate. His legacy in public service is a great honor for our family.

We welcome Rick's constituents and colleagues to join us for his funeral services on Monday. We ask for privacy from the media as our family celebrates Rick's life and sadly says goodbye.

We give our sincere thanks to the many people who are helping us during this difficult time."

 

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UPDATE: Funeral arrangements are planned for state Senator Rick Gudex. 

A Mass will be held Monday, October 17 at 2 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Catholic Church in Eden. 

Visitation is Monday, October 17 from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. 

Governor Scott Walker has ordered the flags of the United States and State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff in honor of State Senator Rick Gudex who passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2016. This order is in effect beginning at sunrise on Monday, October 17, 2016, and ending at sunset on that date.

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FOND DU LAC, Wis.-- The Fond du Lac Sheriff's Department and county medical examiner report State Senator Rick Gudex died of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. 

The Senator's body was found just after 1:30 Wednesday morning in the Town of Eden in Fond du Lac County. Further follow up investigations continue and toxicology results are pending.

Since the news, several state lawmakers have posted condolences to the Gudex family.

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The office of Wisconsin State Senator Rick Gudex shares with NBC26 that he has passed away.  

The Fond du Lac Republican was 48-years-old. 

His role in public service began early, when at 29 he was elected as the Mayor of Mayville. He went on to win a seat on the Fond du Lac City Council. 

Read Senator Gudex's Biography

Senator Gudex, was elected to state Senate District 18 in 2012. He decided not to seek re-election this year. 

He was the chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Commerce.