Virginia state senator dies from COVID-19 complications at age 60

A Virginia lawmaker who also worked as a farmer and a lawyer died from COVID-19 complications on New Year’s Day, state officials announced Friday night. “It is with profound sadness and sorrow that we learned of the passing of our good friend and colleague, Ben Chafin, this evening,” the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus said in a statement. The 60-year-old state senator, who represented the 38th District in Russell County, had been hospitalized for about two weeks before he succumbed to the illness this weekend. He’s one of more than 5,100 Virginians who have died from coronavirus since the p…

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