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The Latest: Governor orders flags lowered to honor lawmaker

May 4, 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the death of Nevada Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson (all times local):

12:12 p.m.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has ordered U.S. and state flags flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and state public buildings and grounds until sunset Tuesday in honor of Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson.

A news release from Assembly Democrats said the 51-year-old North Las Vegas Democrat died early Saturday while receiving “emergency care” in Carson City.

Sisolak said on Twitter said he was heartbroken by the death of Thompson whom the governor said “stood larger-than-life because of his selfless service to his fellow Nevadans. ”

Thompson had served as chair of the Assembly education committee and his tenure in the Assembly began in 2013.

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8:40 a.m.

Nevada Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson has died. He was 51.

A news release from Assembly Democrats says Thompson died early Saturday while receiving “emergency care” in Carson City. The news release did not provide other details surrounding his death.

Thompson had served as chair of the Assembly education committee and his tenure in the Assembly began in 2013.

Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson says Thompson’s “warm smile and larger-than-life presence will truly be missed in our Assembly chamber.”

Frierson describes Thompson’s death as sudden and says he was “well respected” among other Nevada lawmakers.

Several lawmakers took to social media to express grief over his death. Democratic Assemblyman Steve Yeager wrote on Twitter that “we are absolutely heartbroken.”

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This file has been corrected to say that Tyrone Thompson was 51 when he died.