Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio’s father dies
Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio temporarily suspended his campaign Sunday after the death of his father at Baptist Hospital in Miami.
Mario Rubio, 83, suffered from emphysema and lung cancer.
On the campaign trail, Rubio frequently spoke of the sacrifices made by his Cuban immigrant parents. His father’s mother died when he was nine years old, and he went to work the day after her funeral. He spent most of his life as a bartender but also worked as a street vendor, security guard, apartment building manager and crossing guard.
“He was by far the most unselfish person I have ever known, always focused on others, and never on his own well being,” Rubio said in a statement. “He was especially determined to provide his children opportunities he himself never had.”