Ky. Rep. Lamin Swann passes away after hospitalization

Ky. Rep. Lamin Swann passes away after hospitalization
Published: May. 14, 2023 at 10:30 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - State Representative Lamin Swann from Lexington has reportedly passed away after a medical emergency left him hospitalized.

Swann’s mother, Pamela Dixon, issued a statement on Sunday morning.

“There are no words to fully describe the grief and impossible loss that others and I feel right now after saying goodbye earlier today to my beloved son, Lamin. Beyond our faith, what comforts us is knowing the positive and lasting impact he had on so many. Those include his loved ones and friends; those he advocated for throughout his life; and, now, those whose own lives will forever be strengthened by his decision to be an organ donor. We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received over the last several days, and I know he felt it, too. Thank you.”

Swann was just elected to his first term in November 2022.

Representative George Brown Jr. and Representative Chad Aull said they had the pleasure to work alongside Swann in the general assembly.

Rep. Aull grew to know him on a more personal level, having been by his side advocating in the community, for nearly 20 years.

“Lamin’s been a close personal friend of mine for a long, long time. For him to aspire to public service and to finally achieve that goal just this last year and get to serve in the general assembly for one term, and then pass upon so close to the term, its just so heartbreaking and devastating,” Representative Aull said.

Swann was at countless rallies and events advocating for causes such as LGBTQ rights, racial justice, and family reunification.

The Lexington native, Tates Creek High School graduate and UK alumnus will be remembered by many across the commonwealth for his inclusivity, and non-stop service to the public.

“He was everywhere and doing everything at all times. One thing we would be remised to forget is that he did not allow his physical challenges to hold him back. He basically went out there and served the people of the 93rd district who elected him and more broadly, the people of the commonwealth of Kentucky,” Representative Brown said.

Final arrangements for Rep. Swann will be announced within the next few days.