Jan. 2 (UPI) — Virginia state Sen. Ben Chafin Jr. has died after problems from COVID-19, his workplace introduced. He was 60.

Representatives mentioned he died Friday after present process remedy for 2 weeks at Virginia Commonwealth College Medical Middle in Richmond.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam mentioned the state misplaced a “robust advocate” and a “good man” with Chafin’s demise.

“I knew Ben as a lawmaker, an legal professional, a banker, and a farmer elevating beef cattle in Moccasin Valley, working the land simply as generations of his household had completed earlier than him,” he mentioned. “He cherished the outside, and he cherished serving individuals much more. He pushed exhausting to convey jobs and funding to his district, and I’ll all the time be thankful for his brave vote to broaden well being take care of individuals who want it.”

Northam ordered the state flag to be lowered to half-staff on the Capitol till the day of Chafin’s interment.

The state senator’s workplace mentioned his household would not plan to carry a proper burial service. He’s survived by his spouse, Lora Carr Chafin, and three youngsters — Sophia Chafin Vance, Audra Chafin Hobart and Augustus Benton Chafin III.

Chafin is one among a number of state and federal lawmakers to have died from the novel coronavirus. U.S. Rep-elect Luke Letlow died Tuesday, Wyoming state Rep. Roy Edwards died Nov. 2, New Hampshire state Rep. Dick Hinch died Dec. 9, Minnesota state Sen. Jerry Relph died Dec. 18, Louisiana state Rep. Reggie Bagala died April 9 and South Dakota state Rep. Bob Glanzer died April 3.