(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon mourned the death of state auditor Tom Schweich on Thursday, calling him "a brilliant, devoted and accomplished public servant."
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Schweich, the Republican state auditor and a contender for governor in next year's election, apparently committed suicide in his home on Thursday.
Nixon highlighted Schweich's contributions both locally and abroad, mentioning specifically "his courageous work to combat the illegal drug trade abroad in Afghanistan" and "his tireless efforts to protect the interests of taxpayers here in Missouri."
"Tom Schweich's exceptional intellect and unwavering dedication to public service left a legacy that will endure for many years to come," Nixon said in a statement.
Darlene Green, City of St. Louis Comptroller, offered prayers for "one of our great leaders here in Missouri," calling it "a day to put politics aside and reflect on the life and legacy of Tom Schweich," in a statement.
Schweich leaves behind a wife and two children.
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