Kamala Harris’ Press Secretary Tyrone Gayle Dies At 30 Years Old
Gayle suffered from colon cancer.
October 29, 2018 at 1:43 pm
Tyrone Gayle, Senator Kamala Harris’ press secretary, died of colon cancer on Thursday.
The sad news was announced by Ian Sams, communications director for Senator Tim Kaine, on Twitter.
The world lost a great young man last night. @TyroneGayle was the best of us. Boundless joy. Steely drive and determination. Empathy and compassion. There will forever be a hole in my heart and thousands of hearts (#GayleNation) the size of TG. We love you. Rest easy, brother. pic.twitter.com/hCQbi9ktPQ— Ian Sams (@IanSams) October 26, 2018
Gayle was diagnosed with the disease in 2016 and spent 21 days in the hospital, according to Anderson Independent Mail.
He began working for Harris in January 2017. The California senator called Gayle “irreplaceable” in a statement.
Heartbreaking news: @TyroneGayle, a wonderful man, a true pro, the always helpful press secretary for @SenKamalaHarris, has passed away after battling cancer for 2 years. We miss you already, Ty. Kamala’s statement: pic.twitter.com/D07rIA02HN— Doug Sovern (@SovernNation) October 26, 2018
Before his work with Harris, the 30-year-old worked for Hillary Clinton’s second presidential campaign and Tim Kaine’s 2011 Senate campaign, where he met his wife, according to The New York Times.
“All who crossed Tyrone’s path were affected by his warmth, humor and positive energy,” Kaine said in a Facebook post.
The senator from Virginia also reminisced about Gayle's wedding.
“It was one of the honors of my life to officiate at Tyrone’s wedding to Beth just six months ago," Kaine wrote. "And I preached about the unusual repetition in a line in the Lord’s Prayer: 'Give us this day our daily bread.' Not enough for all time, just enough for today. And Tyrone lived — and shared — a life of many beautiful todays.”
Clinton also paid tribute to Gayle via her Twitter page.
Whatever he did, he did with his whole heart—whether he was running sprints, planning his wedding to the love of his life, rooting for his beloved Clemson Tigers, or working to build an America as kind, compassionate, and big-hearted as Tyrone himself.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 26, 2018
He spent his 30 years doing all the good he could, in all the ways he could, for as long as he could. Our prayers are with Tyrone’s family, especially his wife, Beth, and their huge community of devoted friends.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 26, 2018
We are forever grateful to have known him and will always be proud members of #GayleNation.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 26, 2018
Jesse Lehrich, a former Clinton spokesman, has launched a memorial fund for his wife, Beth Foster.
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