BROCKVILLE — Condolences and expressions of shock are pouring in with the breaking news that Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MP Gord Brown has died of an apparent heart attack.
The 57-year-old was found in his parliamentary office this morning, according to media accounts. Reports say his Conservative colleagues learned of his passing after their morning caucus meeting.
First elected in 2004, the veteran MP’s Wikipedia page now refers to him in the past tense and indicates today as his date of death.
“I am incredibly saddened to learn of the sudden passing this morning of my good friend and colleague, Gord Brown,” MP Guy Lauzon said in a statement. “He was a wonderful representative for his riding, a great friend and a great father and
husband. He will be truly missed,” added Lauzon on the “significant loss for the Conservative family and the House of Commons as a whole.”
A fellow member of the Tory caucus, Lauzon — MP for the neighbouring district of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry — noted that his deceased colleague served as Whip of the party for a time.
“Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife and children, as well as to all who knew him.”
Gord Brown was a friend & colleague. I am devastated for his wife Claudine & his two children who he loved so much. My dear friend @SteveClarkPC has lost a seatmate & brother. My neighbours in LGTIRL lost a devoted MP. His tireless staff lost a great boss. A sad day for East ON.
— Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa) May 2, 2018
Heartbroken at the passing of our dear friend Gord Brown. A sudden and tragic loss for anyone who knew him. One of the most upbeat guys I’ve known. Please pray for his wife and children as they cope with this terrible loss.
— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) May 2, 2018
My thoughts are with MP Gord Brown's family and friends. Terrible news to hear.
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) May 2, 2018
With a quavering voice, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark tells the legislature about the sudden death this morning of his federal counterpart, Conservative MP Gord Brown. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/Kc8EYHcq4C
— Mike Crawley (@CBCQueensPark) May 2, 2018