Don Reed Herring, the oldest brother of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), died Tuesday night of complications of COVID-19
Herring, 86, was an Air Force veteran who flew combat missions in Vietnam.
“I’m grateful to the nurses and front-line staff who took care of him, but it’s hard to know that there was no family to hold his hand or to say ‘I love you’ one more time ― and no funeral for those of us who loved him to hold each other close,” Warren Liz wrote in a tweet. “I’ll miss you dearly my brother.”
Herring lived in Norman, Oklahoma, a state already planning to reopen nonessential businesses despite corona-virus cases continuing to climb there.
“He was charming and funny, a natural leader,” wrote Warren, 70, whose family is from Oklahoma.
Known as Don Reed, “what made him extra special was his smile ― quick and crooked, it always seemed to generate its own light, one that lit up everyone around him,” Warren said.
My oldest brother, Don Reed, died from coronavirus on Tuesday evening. He joined the Air Force at 19 and spent his career in the military, including five and a half years off and on in combat in Vietnam. He was charming and funny, a natural leader.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 23, 2020
I am so sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. Chasten and I send our deepest condolences from here in South Bend.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) April 23, 2020
I’m sorry for your loss, he sounds like a wonderful man. Much love from all of us in El Paso.
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) April 23, 2020