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Longtime Rep. Buchanan staffer dies from COVID-19

Rep. Vern Buchanan said Gary Tibbetts had died from the coronavirus at Manatee Memorial Hospital.
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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR ASPEN DENTAL - Dr Keen DDS, Special Assistant/Field Representative to Congressman Vern Buchanan Gary Tibbetts and Dr. Dixon DMD in the Aspen Dental Mouth Mobile on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in Bradenton, Fla. The Mouth Mobile will serve veterans in over 33 location nationwide this year. The Bradenton stop launched the Mouth Mobile's Spring tour. (Casey Brooke Lawson/AP Images for Aspen Dental)

SARASOTA, Fla. — A Tampa Bay area congressmen announced Friday one of his longtime field representatives had died from COVID-19. 

Rep. Vern Buchanan said Gary Tibbetts had died from the coronavirus at Manatee Memorial Hospital.  

Rep. Buchanan wrote, "Devastated by the death of my longtime staffer Gary Tibbetts, who passed away today at Manatee Memorial Hospital from COVID-19. Gary was the consummate professional and true professional in every since of the word. He touched so many lives and was loved and respected by those who knew him. I will never forget his uplifting spirit, sense of humor and sheer joy helping others and I offer our deepest sympathies to his wife, Valarie and family. He will be greatly missed."

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