Coronavirus

Elizabeth Warren’s Brother, Hospitalized Since February With Pneumonia, Has Died of Coronavirus

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 86-year old brother, Donald Reed Herring, passed away from COVID-19.


On Thursday morning, Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted that her oldest brother, Donald Reed Herring, had passed away from coronavirus Tuesday night.

“My oldest brother, Don Reed, died from coronavirus on Tuesday evening,” Warren stated. “He joined the Air Force at 19 and spent his career in the military, including five and a half years off and on in combat in Vietnam. He was charming and funny, a natural leader.”

Herring, according to CBS News had been in the hospital with pneumonia since February and had been moved into intensive care on April 15th.

Warren also shared a Boston Globe article on her brother’s death. According to the Globe, Herring tested positive for the coronavirus about three weeks ago, and died at a hospital in Norman, Oklahoma.

As of Wednesday, there were 2,894 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Oklahoma, and 170 people had died, according to the state’s health department.

The Globe reports that Herring was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, and was hospitalized for pneumonia in February. He was moved to intensive care on April 15, and was not on a ventilator before he died.

Warren went on to state that she was grateful to the “nurses and frontline staff”who took care of her brother, but saddened that he was alone when he passed away.


The death of Warren’s brother of coronavirus fits with the “profile” of those most impacted by the virus.

As was noted in early April, fatalities from COVID-19 are mostly among people over 60 with underlying health conditions.

In fact, according to data from the New York Department of Health (where nearly half of all COVID-related deaths have occurred), 89.1 percent of all fatalities have at least one comorbidity.

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