NewsCoronavirus

Actions

Missouri state Rep. Sara Walsh's husband dies of COVID-19

Couple was not vaccinated against virus
Sara walsh husband dies.jpg
Posted at 8:04 AM, Aug 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-19 11:07:50-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri state Rep. Sara Walsh announced Thursday morning that her husband, Steve Walsh, had died.

Earlier this month, Walsh said she and her husband had contracted COVID-19.

She noted at the time Steve Walsh was "very sick" and hospitalized on a ventilator.

Thursday, Walsh tweeted about her husband's death.

"It saddens my heart to share that this morning my best friend and beloved husband Steve Walsh was welcomed to Heaven’s glory into the arms of Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior," she wrote.

The Walshes were not vaccinated against the virus.

Sara Walsh, who is running for U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler's 4th District congressional seat, said she didn't get the vaccine since it still lacks full approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

At the time, she also cited concerns about friends' negative reactions to the vaccine and said she didn't feel she needed it as she'd been healthy since the pandemic began.

Walsh was elected to the state House in 2017 and serves on the House Budget Committee, also leading a budget subcommittee.

Steve Walsh was press secretary to Hartzler, who issued the following statement on his death Thursday:

“I am saddened at the loss of Steve Walsh, who served my office and Missouri’s Fourth District admirably for the past decade. Since day one, Steve has been a key member of my team, serving previously as Press Secretary before his current role as Field Representative.

We loved Steve for his enormous heart, passion for life, and the joy he brought to everyone who was lucky enough to meet him. His love of God and his beautiful wife, Sara, was undeniable.

Steve will be sorely missed, but his memory will live on with those who were blessed to know him.

I ask that the Walsh family be given privacy during this difficult time.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.