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Aide for Rep. Vern Buchanan dies from coronavirus

Gary Tibbetts had been treated for COVID-19 since July 15
Representative to Congressman Vern Buchanan Gary Tibbetts and Dr. Dixon DMD in the Aspen Dental Mouth Mobile on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in Bradenton, Fla. Tibbetts died on Friday from coronavirus. (Casey Brooke Lawson/AP Images for Aspen Dental)
Representative to Congressman Vern Buchanan Gary Tibbetts and Dr. Dixon DMD in the Aspen Dental Mouth Mobile on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in Bradenton, Fla. Tibbetts died on Friday from coronavirus. (Casey Brooke Lawson/AP Images for Aspen Dental) [ CASEY BROOKE LAWSON | AP ]
Published Jul. 24, 2020
Updated Jul. 24, 2020

Gary Tibbetts, a longtime staff member for U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, died on Friday from coroanvirus, according to the Congressman’s twitter account. He was 66.

“Gary was the consummate professional and a true public servant in every sense of the word,” Buchanan wrote on Twitter. “He touched so many lives and was loved and respected by those who knew him.”

Tibbetts died at Manatee Memorial Hospital, where he was being treated for coronavirus since July 15.

Buchanan’s office previously said Tibbett did not have any recent interactions with anyone else in the office.

Tibbetts had worked for Buchanan since 2011.

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, whose district overlaps with Buchanan’s, said Tibbetts was “loved by so many in our community.”

We are deeply saddened and mourn the loss of our dear friend Gary Tibbetts. Gary was a great supporter of Bradenton...

Posted by Bradenton Police Department on Friday, July 24, 2020

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