Former Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) is dead at the age of 77, just months after he retired from Congress after four terms in the chamber. According to reports, he died early on Tuesday as a result of injuries sustained in a crash days earlier.
President Joe Biden, a former Senator who sat across the aisle from Enzi for years, issued a statement heralding his former colleague.
“Surrounded by his family”
As the Daily Caller noted, Biden’s was one of many statements from public officials across the political spectrum.
Enzi’s Twitter account posted the news shortly after midnight on Tuesday, announcing: “Former Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family.”
A subsequent tweet expressed “deep appreciation” from his family “for all of the prayers, support and concern” since Enzi was involved in a crash while bicycling that left him gravely injured with multiple broken bones.
“They now ask for privacy and continued prayers during this difficult time,” the statement added. “The family is planning to hold a celebration of a life well-lived, with details to be shared later.”
Just a day earlier, the same account confirmed that Enzi had been airlifted to a hospital in Colorado after he “sustained serious injuries” in a biking accident near his home in Gillette, Wyoming.
“Decency, honor, and integrity”
Local reports indicated that the incident occurred on Friday evening and left him unconscious with life-threatening injuries. It was unclear what caused the crash, but the former senator reportedly suffered a broken neck and broken ribs.
Authorities said they were first notified of the situation when Buck’s Apple Watch issued an automatic distress call that he had taken a hard fall and was not moving. When help arrived, he was found unresponsive and transported to UC Health Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.
Enzi had previously served as his hometown’s mayor and in both chambers of the state legislature prior to his successful Senate bid.
“While we sat on different sides of the aisle, I always saw him first as a public servant who conducted himself with decency, honor, and integrity,” the president said.
Touting Buck’s wide-ranging career in public service, Biden concluded: “Jill and I are saddened to learn of his passing, and our prayers are with his wife Diana, their children and grandchildren, and his countless friends, colleagues, and staff.”