Former Sen. Morris “Mo” Hood III died from coronavirus Monday at the age of 54, according to Bill Nowling, a spokesman for Wayne County.

Hood, a former member of both the Michigan House and Senate, had been suffering from COVID-19 and went back on a ventilator a few weeks ago, Nowling said Tuesday.

Hood, a Detroit Democrat and former Senate minority leader, served in the Michigan House from 2003 to 2008 and in the state Senate from 2011-18. 

He also had worked for Wayne County in state government relations.

State Rep. Cynthia Johnson, D-Detroit, and several other former and current lawmakers expressed their support for Hood’s family in a Facebook post Tuesday. 

“To the family, I am so deeply sorry,” Johnson wrote. “I kept calling Morris asking him to all me. Rest in peace. Rest in power. I love you.”

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