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US Representative Ilhan Omar’s father dies after contracting coronavirus

US Representative Ilhan Omar on Monday announced the death of her father due to complications from coronavirus.

“It is with tremendous sadness and pain to say goodbye to my father,” the Minnesota congresswoman tweeted late on Monday adding that, “No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew and loved him.”

Omar and her father Nur Mohamed came to the United States as refugees in 1995 from Somalia during the country’s civil war and eventually settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In November 2018, Omar was elected along with Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib making them among the first two Muslim women to serve in the US Congress.

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