Mike Enzi, the former Wyoming senator who served from 1997 to 2021, has died. He was 77. The politician passed away after a bicycle accident, his family expresses deep appreciation for prayers
Mike Enzi former U.S. senator dies at 77 after bicycle accident
On Monday night, the politician passed away after a bicycle accident that left him critically injured last week, according to a statement shared on his Twitter account.
“Former U.S. Senator from Wyoming, Mike Enzi, passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family,” , the statement said.
“His family expresses their deep appreciation for all the prayers, support and concern. They now ask for privacy and continued prayers during this difficult time,” the statement continued in another tweet.
Enzi is survived by his wife Diana, the couple’s three children, Brad, Emily and Amy, and his grandchildren.
Former Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family. pic.twitter.com/7rGlwYDxKa
— Mike Enzi (@SenatorEnzi) July 27, 2021
On Friday, Enzi was riding his bicycle near his home in Gillette, Wyoming, when an incident occurred and he was injured.
Attorney and family friend John Daly, has said Enzi was found unconscious and suffered injuries, including a broken neck and ribs.
Brent Wasson also said there was no reason to suspect that “anyone else was near or involved in the accident.”
Following news of Enzi’s death, several lawmakers paid tribute to the Republican politician with statements honoring his legacy.
“Wyoming and the nation have lost one of the most important public servants of our time,” said Sen.
John Barrasso said in a statement. “Whether as mayor of Gillette, in the Wyoming Legislature or in the U.S. Senate, a stronger advocate for the cause could not have been asked for. Senate, you couldn’t have asked for a stronger advocate for Wyoming and our country than Mike Enzi.”
For her part, Congresswoman Liz Cheney said in her own statement that Enzi’s death marks “a sad day for Wyoming.”
“Mike was a true giant in our state and his sudden loss, just months after retiring from the U.S. Senate, is difficult for everyone to accept,” she continued.