Senator Elizabeth Warren announced her brother, Donald Reed Herring, has died in Oklahoma from the Coronavirus.
Reed, who was 86 years old, tested positive for COVID-19 about three weeks ago. He had a career in the US Air Force as a bomber pilot and flew 288 combat missions in Vietnam. Included in his accomplishments were being a squadron commander and retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
The former Democratic presidential candidate said her brother died Tuesday evening. He spent his career in the military after joining the U.S. Air Force at the age of 19 and was “charming and funny, a natural leader,” Warren tweeted.
“I’m grateful to the nurses and frontline 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. I’ll miss you dearly my brother,” she said.