The Tory MP for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa says he was shocked when he heard that Gord Brown suddenly died on Wednesday (May 2) from an apparent heart attack.
“We were in the middle of our caucus meeting when the news was passed on,” Robert Sopuck recalled. “At that particular point we knew that Gord was being taken to the hospital but didn’t know what the final outcome was.”
Party sources say Brown played hockey early that morning before heading out to his office on Parliament Hill, which is where he was found.
Sopuck says he’s heard of people dying at a relatively young age, despite being physically fit, but doesn’t know for sure if that’s the case with Brown.
“So much of this is genetic I’m afraid….I don’t know what the history is in his family was but the research has shown us that the genetic component is very strong.”
Many politicians of all polticial stripes are remembering the Ontario Tory MP as upbeat and a “true blue Conservative”, among other traits.
Sopuck says Brown was tough, but fair.
“He was very kind. He was very tough but very nice, and he had a certain smile that you would absolutely recognize. He was a complete straight arrow.”
Brown was 57-year-old.