Tragedy struck the Connecticut state Republican Party with the unexpected passing of GOP state auditor Robert Kane who was found dead at his home Friday, according to Fox News.
Kane was just 53-years-old and was found deceased in his home only after colleagues and relatives requested local police conduct a wellness check after no one had been able to get in touch with him.
According to the Connecticut Post, few details have been released with regard to Kane’s death and it remains unclear at this point exactly what the cause may have been.
“Officers met family on scene at which time the homeowner, Robert Kane, 53 years old was found deceased in the residence,” Watertown Police detective Mark Conway said of the wellness check that had been requested after multiple phone calls to Kane went unanswered.
Conway did note that there didn’t appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the unexpected death but said that his passing would be fully investigated by the chief medical examiner.
Governor offers condolences
Kane served as a state senator from 2008 to 2017 when he became one of the state’s two bipartisan auditors who work together to provide financial oversight of the state’s government agencies.
“My prayers and condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said in a statement, according to the Post.
“Rob took pride in his public service on behalf of his constituents, understanding he was their voice in Hartford. He then assumed the role of state auditor, working on behalf of all taxpayers,” Lamont added. “All public servants should be commended for their work on behalf of our residents, and Rob took his work seriously. He will be missed at the Capitol.”
Mourned by colleagues
“Our world is standing still right now,” former state Rep. Brian Flaherty (R), a longtime close friend of Kane, told the Hartford Courant. “People in our town, by phone, are reaching out to one another. A lot of friends of his, in and out of politics, are reaching out to one another, trying to make sense of it all. … I will miss him dearly.”
An autopsy was reportedly conducted Saturday but details likely won’t be released for some time. In the absence of the knowledge of the cause of Kane’s death, however, former state Senate GOP leader Len Fasano, another close friend, noted that Kane’s father had passed away at a relatively young age from a heart condition.
“Rob Kane was a champion for the people of Connecticut,” current state Senate GOP Leader Kevin Kelly told the Courant. “As a state senator, he served the people of the 32nd District with skill, style, and compassion. Rob loved Connecticut, he loved public service, and he took great pride in helping people in need.”
“He also loved his family and his children very much,” Kelly added. “We in the state Senate were proud to call him our friend and colleague. We will miss his smile, his laugh, and his positive presence at the state Capitol.”