Husband of Alaskan congresswoman dies in plane accident

September 14, 2023

Tragedy struck an Alaskan congresswoman this week after it was reported that her husband perished in a plane-related accident.

According to Breitbart, Rep. Mary Peltola's (D-AK) chief of staff confirmed that the congresswoman's husband died Wednesday after a "plane accident," and noted that she would be returning home from Washington D.C. to attend to the family and grieve.

Peltola posted Chief of staff Anton McParland's statement on social media announcing the tragic turn of events.

"We are devastated to share that Mary’s husband, Eugene Peltola Jr. -- ‘Buzzy’ to all of us who knew and loved him -- passed away earlier this morning following a plane accident in Alaska,” McParland wrote, adding that he "was obnoxiously good at everything."

"He had a delightful sense of humor that lightened the darkest moments. He was definitely the cook in the family. And family was most important to him,” McParland added.

"He was completely devoted to his parents, kids, siblings, extended family, and friends – and he simply adored Mary." 

The tragic announcement quickly drew the attention of Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R-AK), who issued a statement from he and his wife.

"Rose and I are shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of Gene Peltola. We will be praying for Mary, their children, and all of the Peltola family. Gene’s dedication to Alaska ran deep, and he will be dearly missed," the governor wrote.

Peltola received warm sympathy notes from members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).

"The entire House Democratic Caucus is mourning the loss of Buzzy, and we are lifting Mary and the Peltola family up in prayer. We will be there for her in any way she needs during this unimaginable time of tragedy," Jeffries said.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski issued a statement on Buzzy's death.

"I am shocked, saddened and truly beyond words to express my grief at the loss of Gene Peltola Jr. Anyone who met Buzzy felt his warmth, generosity and charm. It was easy to see why so many Alaskans called him a friend, and how he was so loved by his family," she wrote.

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