Jun 16, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Ilhan Omar's father dies from coronavirus complications

 Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks to a crowd gathered for a march to defund the Minneapolis Police Department on June 6, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Rep. Ilhan Omarspeaks addresses a crowd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 6. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) confirmed in a statement late Monday that her father, Nur Omar, had died of complications from the novel coronavirus.

The big picture: The 37-year-old's father and grandfather raised her following her mother's death in Somalia, per Politico. She and Nur Omar arrived in the U.S. as refugees in 1995. Omar became in 2018 the first Somali-American elected to Congress and one of the first two Muslim women elected. She urged people on Sunday to take precautions against COVID-19 during protests, tweeting: "The pandemic is not over." More than 116,000 people have died from the virus in the U.S., per Johns Hopkins.

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