Benny Napoleon, a Detroit-area sheriff who spent many years in Motor City law enforcement and whose police chief brother overcame COVID-19 earlier this yr, succumbed to the sickness. He was 65.

The Wayne County sheriff died Thursday night time, a month after he was positioned on a ventilator, at Henry Ford Hospital, native media reported.

Wayne County Sheriff  Benny Napoleon during an interview with Reuters at his campaign headquarters in Detroit, Mich., in 2013.

Wayne County Sheriff  Benny Napoleon throughout an interview with Reuters at his marketing campaign headquarters in Detroit, Mich., in 2013.
(Reuters/Rebecca Cook)

“Benny had so much life yet to live; our community has once again lost someone larger than life to this vicious pandemic,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel tweeted late Thursday night time. “My heart goes out to Benny’s family. It was an honor and a privilege to call him my sheriff.”

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stated she was “heartbroken,” calling Napoleon a “dear friend.”

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“Sheriff Napoleon’s love for the people he served was returned many times over. His quick laugh, eager partnership, and candid counsel is what I will miss most,” she tweeted.

Napoleon’s profession in public service started within the Detroit Police Department within the Nineteen Seventies. He later served as its chief and have become the Wayne County sheriff greater than a decade in the past.

In 2013, he ran for Detroit mayor, dropping to Mayor Mike Duggan, who instructed the Detroit Free Press Friday that the profession legislation enforcement officer had been brave.

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“I cannot think of a leader in this town who has been more loved and admired than Benny,” he instructed the paper. “He was born in the city…and loved Detroit as much as anyone I’ve ever known.”

The mainstay in Detroit politics additionally garnered respect from nationwide lawmakers.

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