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Nebraska State Senator Rich Pahls Passed Away

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We, unfortunately, received the heartbreaking news that Nebraska state Sen. Rich Pahls passed away today (April 27, 2022) at the age of 78. May the legend rest in peace.

His legislative office first announced and confirmed the news to official news accounts on Wednesday morning, while along with the news, no details were immediately available.

The great personality represented Millard’s District 31 in the legislature and was chosen in 2020. He previously worked two terms in the legislature between 2005 and 2013 and then became an Omaha City council member for eight years.

A fan tweeted, “On behalf of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, we are saddened to hear about the passing of Senator Rich Pahls. Senator Pahls was a friend to Douglas County during his tenure in the Nebraska Legislature and as an Omaha City Councilman.”

Rich Pahls is remembered as a longtime teacher and administrator in the Millard Public Schools. Gov. Pete Ricketts declared flags will be flown at half-staff directly across the state.

“Senator Pahls was a dedicated public servant and a great man. He was committed to improving his community, first as an educator and then through elected service,” Ricketts released in a statement.

He added, “Nebraska lost a true leader today. Susanne and I are praying for the Pahls family, the Millard community, and the countless Nebraskans Sen. Pahls impacted as they mourn his loss.”

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The news came out just a day after Andrew Woolfolk’s cause of death was released. He passed away, announced officially on April 26, 2022, at the age of 71, due to a long-term illness.

Born on October 11, 1950, the legendary saxophonist. Woolfolk was a longtime member of the band called Earth, Wind & Fire from 1973 to 1985 and from 1987 to 1993. Putting that experience aside, he also collaborated with artists such as Deniece Williams, Level 42, and so many others.

M. Woolfolk was also a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire in 2000. Woolfolk was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame back in 2017. Following Andrew Woolfolk’s cause of death, it is shared that the legend was battling for six years with an unknown illness. He passed away on Sunday.

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Rich Pahls Passed Away Suddenly and Shocked Many

There is not much information about the tragedy at this time and also there is no report about how Rich Pahls passed away; however, many are claiming that the senator was suffering from an illness before his death.

According to Rich Pahls’ Wikipedia page, he died of cancer. He in May 2013, was chosen to the Omaha City Council. After 4 years, again in May, he was re-elected for a four-year term. Pahls quoted from the council on January 5, 2021, to work in the Nebraska Legislature.

The sad news was confirmed on Wednesday by his close ones and Speaker of the Legislature Mike Hilgers of Lincoln. Hilgers announced that Pahls died after a “brief illness,” while no official reason for death has been reported.

Our team does not confirm any rumors, but you can be sure that we are trying our best to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible, but, do not forget that family privacy should be respected at this difficult time.

He was from Kansas, born in Jewel in 1943, and received his high school and college education there before starting his doctorate in education from the University of Nebraska in 1979. In honor of Rich, Gov. Pete Ricketts called flags in Nebraska to be flown at half-staff instantly at the end of Friday.

A friend said, “Very sad to hear of the passing of Rich Pahls. Seeing him in action as a dedicated & caring principal made me aspire to make a similar impact as an educational leader. In May I will graduate with my master’s in ed leadership. He planted that seed and I am forever grateful.”

Ex Omaha representative State Sen. Megan Hunt wrote about his passing, describing him as “a wise and thoughtful man who exemplified the Nebraska Unicameral at its best. And he loved my dog.”

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Also good to know, as Pahls took his last breath before May 1, the law states that a certain election in Legislative Dist. 31 to refill the seat for the rest of his term, will be held in November.

Candidates should collect 2,000 signatures by September 1 to be listed on the voting. If Pahls lost his life after May 1, the appointee would do the rest of his term.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rich Pahls’ family, friends, fans, and all of his loved ones on these tough days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor him; Fans widely ask, “what happened to the senator?” So if you have any related information about his passing, please share it with us.


Reactions to Death of Rich Pahls

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts, but fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Quickly after the tragic news was released, many of Rich Pahls’ friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes.

A fan said on his Twitter account that While he was a lobbyist in the Nebraska Unicameral, one of his favorite Senators to work with was Sen. Rich Pahls. Rich was smart, engaging, and asked great questions. Nebraska lost an impeccable public servant.

First of all, good to know that Rich also worked as:

  • Chairman of the Banking
  • Commerce and Insurance Committee
  • as well as a member of the Government
  • Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • Executive Board of the Legislative Council
  • Education Commission of the States.

Also another senator, Patty Pansing Brooks wrote that her friend and colleague, Sen. Rich Pahls, has passed, adding that he was brilliant, kind, impossibly funny and one of the bright spirits in the last 2 years of her legislative journey and claiming that she was better for having known Rich. Blessings to his bigger than life spirit & to his family.

Sen. Rich Pahls was a colleague in the Legislature & a good friend. There were many times when I counted on his help as we worked together on important challenges. Rich supported investments in infrastructure & good educational opportunities for our children. He will be missed; it is what Senator Deb Fischer penned.

Someone said that she was deeply saddened by the passing of Senator Rich Pahls! His legacy of love towards education and the next generation are two things we share in common. His smile was infectious and would cause those he encountered to smile too. Thank you for your service above self.


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