HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — A former two-time candidate for Connecticut governor, Oz Griebel, has died Wednesday after being hit by a car while jogging in Pennsylvania.
In a statement from Griebel’s family Wednesday, they say he passed away “as a result of complications related to the pedestrian/motor vehicle accident he was involved in while jogging on July 21.”
Griebel was 71.
The family said it welcomes thoughts and prayers for Griebel and asked for privacy. They say they will share information about services once arrangements have been made.
Griebel ran unsuccessful campaigns for governor as a Republican in 2010 and as an independent in 2018. He served for nearly 17 years as president and chief executive officer of the MetroHartford Alliance, an economic development group.
Connecticut lawmakers spoke out Wednesday night after hearing about his death.
The news of Oz’s passing is heartbreaking. He was a great man, a leader and a champion for our state. He worked hard to be part of every conversation about improving and strengthening Connecticut and making our home a better place to live for all people. He was always a gentleman, in everything he did. He truly cared about Connecticut and its people. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. I will miss him, and I know so many others will as well. He left an impact wherever he went. This is a tremendous loss of an incredible person.Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano
Oz Griebel’s heart was with the State of Connecticut – he loved this state and the people who live in it, and he enthusiastically believed that its best days are ahead. I loved listening to his spirited energy whenever he spoke about the opportunity to make Connecticut and the Hartford region an even better place to live and work. We can all take a page from his commitment to work across the aisle and remove politics from policy. He will be missed, and I extend my deepest sympathy to his family. There is no place like Oz, and there was no one like Oz.Governor Ned Lamont
Oz Griebel was the consummate public servant. As a business leader and as a candidate for Governor, he raised critical issues and the caliber of the debate. His passing is a huge loss for all of Connecticut. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family.CT Democrats Chair Nancy DiNardo