(WTNH) — Former State Senator Ed Gomes has died. Nine days ago, Gomes was critically injured in a car crash in his hometown of Bridgeport.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal released a statement Tuesday saying,

Ed Gomes was a relentless, irrepressible champion of working families— truly a happy warrior. His endless energy and generous spirit inspired so many of us to fight even harder for economic and racial justice. He touched so many lives with his wonderful combination of toughness and compassion. I am proud to have been his friend and my heart goes out to his family.

Governor Ned Lamont released a statement Tuesday regarding Gomes’ passing, saying,

Senator Ed Gomes was a fighter – for Bridgeport, for workers, and for the State of Connecticut. Courageous and persistent, when I first entered politics to lead a charge for change in 2006, Ed Gomes was the first one to stand by my side. More than just Bridgeport, Connecticut lost a giant today who advocated for so many. Ed will be sorely missed by all, and our prayers go out to his family and loved ones.”

Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said of Gomes as a public servant following his passing,

Senator Gomes was a fierce champion for working families across the state whose unwavering commitment to justice made him a giant in Connecticut’s state Senate and the Bridgeport community.

He never forgot where he came from or who he was elected to fight for. That was Senator Gomes’ legacy — one that now lives on through those he mentored, including state Senator Marilyn Moore and state Senator-elect Jorge Cabrera. He will be truly missed by the State of Connecticut. My family and I extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.”

President of the State Senate Martin Looney (D) also pointed to Gomes’ fighting spirit for the people of Connecticut: “He was somebody who fought for working people and whether on the picket lines or in the halls of the general assembly he never lost sight government can be a force for good.”

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim released a statement Tuesday upon hearing of the passing of Gomes, saying,

My sympathies go out to the Gomes family.  Ed dedicated much of his life to public service and his community as well as second chance opportunities. Those who knew him across the state, and here in Bridgeport will miss him.

Gomes was a union representative for the steal workers and a former city councilman in Bridgeport. He was 84-years-old.