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Tampa Bay area leaders react to David Straz's death at age 77

Straz died in his sleep during a fishing trip
Posted at 9:12 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 07:25:13-05

TAMPA, Fla. -- As the Tampa Bay area mourns the loss of philanthropist and businessman David Straz Jr., local leaders are offering their condolences to the Tampa Bay area icon's family.

Straz died in his sleep during a recent fishing trip. He was 77. The longtime businessman literally made a name for himself as he donated and financed a local performing arts center, which was later named the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

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Here are some of the statements and messages of support left by some of our community's leaders:

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman

Former Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (2011-2019)

"Saddened by the loss of David Straz. His generosity to the causes he cared about helped to shape the City we know today. His life will not be defined a single campaign but by the totality of his life and his contributions to the greater good."

Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio (2003-2011)

State Attorney for Florida's 13 Judicial Circuit Andrew Warren

"I had the privilege of getting to know David in recent years. We shared a belief in criminal justice reform, community engagement, and a problem-solving approach to public policy. His generous philanthropy left an indelible mark on our community. RIP."

U.S. Rep. (FL-14) Kathy Castor

"I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Tampa’s David Straz. I appreciated his business insight, love of Tampa General Hospital and forward thinking on U.S.-Cuba policy. I’m sending love and prayers to Catherine and their daughter."

Florida Rep. (District 63) Fentrice Driskell

His philanthropic work in the Tampa Bay Area will leave a remarkable legacy, and his giving embodied the compassionate spirit of so many good-hearted members of our communities. Tampa was lucky to have him.

— Representative Fentrice Driskell (@FentriceForFL) November 19, 2019

President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay Santiago Corrada

Funeral arrangements for Straz have not yet been announced as of Monday night.