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Ilhan Omar's Father Died From The Coronavirus

"No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew and loved him."

Posted on June 16, 2020, at 9:44 a.m. ET

Rep. Ilhan Omar's father, Nur Omar Mohamed, died Monday after contracting COVID-19, Omar's office announced Monday. He was 67 years old.

"No words can describe what he means to me and all who knew him," Omar said in a press release. "My family and I ask for your respect and privacy during this time."

Omar also shared "tremendous sadness and pain" on her social media accounts. "Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'cuun," she wrote. "‎Surely we belong to God and to him shall we return."

"Our smiles always match," she wrote on an Instagram story caption to a recent photograph with her father and her husband, Tim Mynett.

Before they left Somalia due to the civil war, her father used to train teachers. They stayed in Dadaab, the refugee camp in Kenya, for four years and arrived in the United States in 1996.

Upon arrival, Omar noticed the US depicted on TV wasn't the same as the one she saw. "This doesn’t look like the America you promised,” she said.

"We’re getting to our America, Ilhan. You have to be patient," her dad replied, according to the Minneapolis City Pages.

Her daughter, Isra Hirsi, tweeted a photo with her grandfather. "Love you forever and always Awoowe," she wrote. "Miss you already."

love you forever and always Awoowe. miss you already.

Members of the Somali community have been sharing their condolences for Omar's father.

Sending love and strength to our dear sister @IlhanMN . May God grant him the highest heaven.

My deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your honorable father. May Allah bless his soul. My family and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Inna Lillahi wa inna Ilayhi Raji'un @IlhanMN our deepest condolences to you and your family. May Allah grant him the highest of Janna. Keeping you in our prayers. May Allah give you and your family forbearance during these difficult times.

So far more than 115,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.