Lincoln Gabriel Diaz-Balart, the 29-year-old son of former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and a member of one of Miami's more politically powerful and connected families, passed away over the weekend. No official cause of death has been released. The family is asking for privacy at the time, but noted that the younger Diaz-Balart had suffered with depression.
Here's the family's official statement as released to Naked Politics:
It is with infinite sadness that we announce the passing, on May 19, 2013, of our beloved son and brother, Lincoln Gabriel Diaz-Balart.
For many years, Lincoln Gabriel struggled with depression.
Lincoln Gabriel was a kind and loving human being. His love and compassion touched many lives during his 29 years.
We will remember him with profound love and devotion for the rest of our lives.
Lincoln, Cristina, and Daniel Diaz-Balart
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a family friend and Rep. Diaz-Balart's former colleague, spoke this morning during a radio interview about the toll of depression of suicide, according to the Miami Herald.
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Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart served in congress for 18 years as a Republican. Lincoln Gabriel's uncle Mario Diaz-Balart still serves in congress, currently representing his brother's former district. Another uncle, Jose Diaz-Balart, is one of the main national news anchors for Telemundo.