PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Amos Cormier, Jr., President of Plaquemines Parish has died. He was 70.
Plaquemines Parish District Attorney Charles Ballay confirmed Cormier died at Ochsner West Bank hospital from complications following a procedure to address a blocked artery.
According to our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Cormier won the parish presidency after losing two consecutive runs Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser.
His closest margin was his first run in 2006, when he lost to Nungesser in a runoff by fewer than 200 votes.
Cormier, a former councilman, high school coach and teacher, was the first new parish president in eight years.
Plaquemines Parish issued a statement on Cormier's passing.
– Today Plaquemines Parish collectively mourns the loss of President Amos Cormier, Jr. We are focused on the Cormier family and what we can do to support them during this tragic time. Please join us in praying for the Cormier family as they mourn this loss, and we ask that everyone respect this tragic situation. President Cormier had a deep pride for Plaquemines Parish and we will honor him by continuing to work towards making our Parish one of the best places in Louisiana to live, work, and raise our families. The parish government is prepared and we will continue to operate in a professional manner. Again, we ask for the respect of the Cormier family as we mourn this unprecedented tragic loss of our leader. President Amos Cormier was a husband, a father, a brother, a coach and a friend. Our community is devastated by the loss of an honorable man and respected community leader.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu also issued statement on Cormier's death.
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Plaquemines Parish President Amos Cormier. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time. He was a committed public servant, educator and coach who was beloved by his family and constituents. He will be dearly missed."
U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) also issued a statement today on Cormier's passing:
"It is with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of Parish President Amos Cormier. I enjoyed working with Amos and admired his passion for service to the people of Plaquemines Parish. Jennifer and I send our deepest condolences to his wife Aurele and the rest of the Cormier family."