A range of public officials expressed their sadness upon learning that former Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) died on Tuesday following a bicycling crash days earlier that left him with extensive serious injuries.
Former President Donald Trump was among those who issued a weighed in, offering his condolences and describing the 77-year-old as a “fine man” who was widely beloved by those with whom he worked.
“He was a fine man”
According to the New York Post, Trump offered a brief statement: “My deepest condolences to the family and many friends of former Senator Mike Enzi. He was a fine man who always put America first. He will be missed!”
Enzi’s death was first announced in a tweet on Tuesday from his own Twitter account that confirmed he “passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family.”
In a subsequent tweet, the family expressed “deep appreciation for all of the prayers, support and concern” and requested “privacy and continued prayers during this difficult time.”
His loved ones are expected to “hold a celebration of a life well-lived,” but additional details were not available.
According to the Gillette News Record, Enzi had been riding his bicycle near his home in Gillette, Wyoming, on Friday evening when a terrible crash left him unconscious and severely injured on the side of the road. Local police were alerted by witnesses as well as an automatic distress call sent from his own Apple Watch.
“One of the most consequential”
He was transported by air from the scene to the UC Health Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado for treatment of extensive injuries including a broken neck and broken ribs.
Prior to being elected to the Senate in 1996, Enzi served in both chambers of the Wyoming state legislature and, before that, as mayor of Gillette.
Numerous senators from both sides of the aisle issued their own heartfelt expressions upon receiving the news.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) ran against Enzi in the 1996 GOP Senate primary race and lost. He called his friend and former colleague “one of the most consequential public servants of our time.”
Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) echoed his sentiment in statements of their own. Despite the ideological differences, many Democrats also released statements praising him for, among other things, his ability to rise above the political fray to get things accomplished.