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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar said Monday night that her father has died due to complications from COVID-19.

"It is with tremendous sadness and pain that I share that my father, Nur Omar Mohamed, passed away today due to complications from COVID-19," she said in a brief statement Monday evening. "No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew him. My family and I ask for your respect and privacy during this time."

Her statement started with a phrase in Arabic:‎"Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'cuun," which translates to: "Surely we belong to God and to Him shall we return."

In 2018, Omar became the first Somali-American elected to Congress.