FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- The family of the late state Sen. Rick Gudex of Fond du Lac says he suffered from depression.
Gudex died Wednesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 48-year-old Republican was elected to the Wisconsin Senate in 2012 but was not seeking re-election this year.
In a statement, Gudex's family says he suffered from "an overwhelming depression and hopelessness that he kept to himself," but that he loved his family and "cared deeply for the people of his district."
The Reporter Media says Gudex's funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Shepherd of the Hills Catholic Church in the town of Eden.
Gov. Scott Walker has ordered all state and U.S. flags lowered to half-staff Monday in Gudex's honor.
Here is the full statement from Sen. Gudex's family:"Our family appreciates the concern and support from so many people during this time of grieving Rick's unexpected passing. He was a beloved member of our family and a thoughtful leader in his community.We now know Rick was feeling an overwhelming depression and hopelessness that he kept to himself. He is not suffering now, but we miss him terribly. He loved his family. We cherish many wonderful memories.Rick cared deeply for the people of his district. He loved talking to his constituents. He took pride in improving his community, and the State of Wisconsin. He loved working with Republicans and Democrats alike in the Senate. His legacy in public service is a great honor for our family.We welcome Rick's constituents and colleagues to join us for his funeral services on Monday. We ask for privacy from the media as our family celebrates Rick's life and sadly says goodbye.We give our sincere thanks to the many people who are helping us during this difficult time."