Monday, December 7, 2020

Former Alabama senator dies of Covid at age 78, and in his last words warns, 'We messed up'

Sen. Larry Dixon, R-Montgomery, center, Sen. Curt Lee, R-Jasper, left, and Sen. Gerald Dial, D-Lineville, talk at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery on March 30, 2004.Jamie Martin / AP file

 A former Alabama state senator died of Covid-19 last week at age 78, officials said.

Former Sen. Larry Dixon, a Republican who also served as the executive director of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, died from Covid-19 on Dec. 4, the board said in a statement on Friday.

Dr. David Thrasher, a close friend of Dixon and a pulmonologist in Montgomery, told NBC News that Dixon's wife, Gaynell Dixon, told Thrasher that his last words to her were a prescient warning to the people of Alabama.

“We messed up, we let our guard down,” Dixon said, according to Thrasher. “Please tell everybody to be careful. This is real, and if you get diagnosed, get help immediately.”

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