Richard Lugar, a former Indiana senator and mayor of Indianapolis, passed away at the age of 87 Sunday morning.
Known for his foreign policy expertise, the sixth-term senator was highly-respected and known for his ability to work with those on both sides of the aisle.
His cause of death is said to be from complications from chronic inflammatory demylinating polyneuropathy.
Following the news of his death, several expressed their thoughts about the late Hoosier senator.
Senator Richard Lugar is a towering figure in Hoosier history and one of the greatest statesmen ever to serve in the U.S. Senate. As our longest serving Senator, he worked tirelessly with leaders across the globe to better the state and the country he loved.
— Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) April 28, 2019
Saddened by the news that Senator Richard Lugar has passed away.
He served our country honorably in the Navy, and he represented Indiana proudly for decades in the Senate.
Please keep his family in your prayers.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 28, 2019
Saddened to hear of the passing of Senator Richard Lugar, a true statesman whose decades of public service left an indelible mark on Indiana, our nation and the world. In this divided political era, let’s ensure his example of bipartisanship and public service lives on in us.
— André Carson (@RepAndreCarson) April 28, 2019
We need more people like Richard Lugar in Congress who put principles over politics, country over party.
— Mary Beth Schneider (@marybschneider) April 28, 2019
Indiana and America have lost an American hero today in Richard Lugar. He dedicated his life to serving our country. I am personally crushed by this loss as he was a hero and mentor to me, and I always tried to live up to his example in the United States Senate.
— Joe Donnelly (@JoeforIndiana) April 28, 2019
America has lost a true statesman in Dick Lugar. A great mayor, senator, and mentor, he made the world safer, stood up for better foreign policy, and knew how to work across the aisle. https://t.co/wD9XwElEbY
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) April 28, 2019
The world weeps alongside Indiana after just learning we lost one of our best, ever. As an always faithful servant to the highest ideals in every walk of his incredible life, 1/3
— Eric Holcomb (@GovHolcomb) April 28, 2019