Former state Senator Morris Hood III, 54, has died on May 11 after a weeks-long batter with COVID-19 according to news reports.
Hood, a former member of the Michigan House and Senate, represented Michigan’s 3rd district of Dearborn, Melvindale, and northwest Detroit from 2010-2018. From 2003-2008, he also served in the Michigan House of Representatives.
Hood also served with the Wayne County Executive’s office and County Executive, Warren C. Evans stated he served admirably.
“I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Morris Hood III this morning from complications related to COVID-19. Morris served the State of Michigan admirably in both the House and the Senate for nearly two decades and recently served as a valued member of my administration. He was the very definition of a public servant, one who dedicated his life to improving the lives of others and bettering his community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hood family at this difficult time.”
Morris, affectionately known as Mo, “was a loyal friend”, according to a statement from Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
“Morris was a dear friend. He was a proud Detroiter and continued the family commitment to the service of his community. There was not a more loyal friend, thoughtful advisor, or quicker wit. Mo was the type of guy that lit up the room and made you glad to be there. He is doing that in his next life now and those of us left here are better having known him. May he rest in peace. My love and prayers go to his beloved family and many friends who grieve this tough loss.”
Duggan stated that the loss of Morris is a loss to the City of Detroit.
“Our city has lost another champion to COVID-19 with the passing for former State Senator Morris Hood III. In his life and his years of public service, “Mo” carried on his father’s tradition of public service and fighting for justice and equality. His passing is a great loss to the community and another reminder of how important it is for all of us to protect ourselves and each other from the spread of this virus.”