As he described his former colleague, the late Shawn Crockwell as one of the brightest people he'd known, Premier Michael Dunkley extended his symapathies to the MP's family.
"On behalf of colleagues in the One Bermuda Alliance and the people of Bermuda, I extend deepest condolences to Shawn’s family – his children, his siblings [sic], his mother and father, of whom he was so proud and inspired by. I can’t imagine the trauma they are going through right now.
"Despite our recent political differences, Shawn remained my good friend. Together we watched our beloved Dallas Cowboys, talked Premier League football and had laughs. He was one of the brightest, most talented people I’ve had the pleasure to know.
"No one overcame his personal difficulties with more flair and accomplishment than Shawn, completing his law degree in prison and emerging to be an effective advocate for people.
"On the floor of the House of Assembly, he was a gifted and compelling speaker – smart, logical and passionate, always interesting. When Shawn spoke, the Chamber listened.
"As a Government Minister, he was effective, getting things done, and he brought razor sharp intelligence to the Cabinet table.
"This is a tragedy that is incomprehensible to me. Shawn was a Bermudian success story, full of promise and possibilities. I will miss him."
One Bermuda Alliance Chairwoman Lynn Woolridge also extended the party's condolences:
"It is with a profound sense of shock and sadness that we learned today of the death of our colleague, Shawn Crockwell. Shawn's enthusiasm, passion and dedication to serving the people of Bermuda was unquestioned.
"Shawn will be missed, but his legacy and his work to uplift all Bermudians will live on. As a mark of respect, and as we come to terms with this tragic loss, the OBA will be suspending election campaigning until further notice. On behalf of the people of Bermuda I offer my sincere condolences to his family, associates and friends."