OMAHA, Neb. -- The husband of Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert was found dead Friday afternoon at the couple's home in the southwest part of town.
Police and rescue crews responded to a shooting call at the home near 120th and Q Streets shortly before 2:00 p.m. In a statement from police, officials said the mayor was safe and no foul play is suspected.
Dr. Joe Stothert, 72, was a critical care surgery specialist and UNMC surgery professor. He had been a practicing physician for more than 47 years. Dr. Stothert and Mayor Stothert married in 1981 and moved to Omaha in 1992.
Mayor Stothert's office issued a statement Friday afternoon, reading:
"It is with great sadness today that we share the tragic loss of Joe Stothert with family, friends, and our loving community.
Joe’s dedication and affection for everyone he cared for serve as a bright light of human kindness for all of us to follow.
Our family asks for your prayers at this very difficult time. We will need them.
We also ask for privacy so our family may grieve and remember an extraordinary and caring husband, father and grandfather."
Jean Stothert, a Republican and the city's first woman mayor, is running for what would be an unprecedented third term in office.
In a statement from the Omaha City Council, Council President Chris Jerram said, “Council members learned today about the tragic death of Mayor Jean Stothert’s husband, Joe. Council members extend their deepest sympathies, condolences and prayers to the mayor, her daughter Elizabeth, her son Andrew and their families for their profound loss. We on the City Council knew Dr. Stothert as a talented physician and trauma surgeon and a leader in the Omaha medical community.”
Numerous politicians from across the political spectrum responded to Dr. Stothert's passing, sending their condolences to the Omaha mayor.