BREAKING NEWS UPDATES: Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown Has Died
Local Conservative MP Gord Brown has died suddenly after apparently suffering a fatal heart attack in his Parliament Hill office Wednesday morning.
Brown, 57, had been a Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes since 2004.
Sources say Brown was found in his Ottawa office where it is believed he died of an apparent heart attack.
Leeds--Grenville MPP Steve Clark, a friend of Brown's is asking for privacy during this time, but in the Legislature this afternoon, led the Legislature in a moment of silence.
"He was an amazing MP. Speaker, we dreamed as young men to once serve in this Legislature and in the House of Commons, and we realized that," he says, expressing condolences to Browns wife and children. "I'm going to miss him. Speaker, he was like a brother to me. Eastern Ontario, the province and our country mourn the loss of Gord Brown."
Speaking to JR FM, Brockville Mayor David Hederson, who is also the Liberal Candidate in the Ontario election for the riding said this goes beyond politics.
"Parties and labels are not as big a thing as we sometimes make them, and Gord worked pretty hard across this riding, and I think the thing people will remember the most is how hard he worked locally to see people."
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer tweeted that he was "heartbroken" about Brown’s death.
Brown is survived by his wife Claudine, and two sons Chance and Tristan.
"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," Scheer said.
Shocked and saddened to hear that our Member of Parliment Gord Brown has passed away - Gord has been a friend for many years and is far to young for this - our thoughts are with his family— DavId L Henderson (@hendersonforLG) 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
He previously served as the Conservative Party whip, and was a member of several parliamentary associations and interparliamentary groups.
Prior to entering federal politics, he was a councillor for Gananoque.