State Sen. Greg Standridge Dead at 50

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- Sen. Greg Standridge, R-Russellville, died at the age of 50 on Thursday morning, officials say.

A legislative source confirmed he died around 7 a.m. after battling cancer.

Humphrey Funeral Service said he was moved into hospice care on Wednesday.

The legislator was elected in 2014, and represented Senate District 16. His district stretched from Green Forest to Russellville.

Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, released the following statement upon learning of Standridge's death, "Our hearts are broken to hear of the passing of Greg Standridge. This is a great loss to both the City of Russellville and our state. My thoughts and prayers are with Greg's family and friends during this difficult time."

“I am saddened by the passing of Sen. Greg Standridge—a friend and dedicated public servant. I recently visited with Greg in his home, and even with his illness, he was a source of encouragement and strength. Greg served his community with distinction, and he loved his family most of all. Greg’s passing is a great loss for our state, and he will be missed,” read a statement issued by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend Sen. Greg Standridge after his courageous battle with cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Greg was a tireless advocate, and this is a tremendous loss to our state. My heart also goes out to his friends and colleagues in the Senate as we grieve the loss of one of our own," read a statement issued by Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin.

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