OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Sources from several fire and law enforcement agencies tell 6 News that the mayor’s husband, Dr. Joe Stothert, was found dead Friday afternoon outside their home.
Omaha Police said officers responded to Mayor Jean Stothert’s home at 1:53 p.m. and found a man deceased at the scene.
“The mayor is safe and no foul play is suspected,” OPD Officer Phil Anson said in an email.
The Stothert family released the following statement Friday afternoon:
“It is with great sadness today that we share the tragic loss of Joe Stothert with family, friends, and our loving community.
Joe’s dedication and affection for everyone he cared for serve as a bright light of human kindness for all of us to follow.
Our family asks for your prayers at this very difficult time. We will need them.
We also ask for privacy so our family may grieve and remember an extraordinary and caring husband, father and grandfather.”
Police officers were stationed outside St. Andrews Pointe, the residential development where the Stotherts’ home is located, for several hours on Friday checking ID before drivers entered the neighborhood south of 120th and Q streets.
We are now hearing from colleagues of Dr. Joe Stothert. They are remembering him for the profound impact he had on the Omaha metro community.
Dr. Gold says he will always remember Dr. Joe Stothert for his kindness and can-do attitude.
“What people will remember, I think, are his leadership, his kindness to patients and to staff, his incredible tenacity. You know, he was a never-give-up kind of guy, and his patients and the teams that he worked with benefitted from that. He had the opportunity to work with countless numbers, literally hundreds of residents and fellows during his time,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gold, UNMC Chancellor.
City, county, and Nebraska officials sent their condolences to the Stothert family:
The men and women of OPPD, and our Board of Directors, offer our deep condolences for Mayor Jean Stothert and her family. We send our support and care during this very difficult time.
On behalf of all the OPOA, our deepest sympathies and condolences to Mayor Stothert and her family. Dr. Joe Stothert was a widely respected and dedicated public servant who’s work had a profound impact on the LEO community. The Mayor and her family will be in our prayers.
It's with a heavy heart that I extend my condolences to Mayor Jean Stothert after today's devastating news of the death of her husband, Dr. Joseph Stothert, who was known & respected by many in the healthcare field. I will be praying for her and her family in this difficult time.
It is with deep sadness and heartache that I extend my condolences to Mayor Jean Stothert on the tragic loss of her husband, Dr. Joe Stothert. My thoughts are with the Stothert family as they gather with friends to support them through this painful time.