North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer announced the death of his adult son, Isaac Cramer, on Thursday morning.
“Kris and I are grateful we were both able to be with our son Isaac Cramer at the Mayo Clinic Methodist Hospital in Rochester this morning as he went to be with Jesus," Cramer wrote on Facebook. "We were listening to Jeremy Camp singing ‘You’re Worthy of My Praise,’ holding hands, when Ike looked at me and took his last breath on Earth. Now Isaac feels no anxiety or urging for alcohol. He feels no pain and will never be depressed again.”
Isaac Cramer, 35, was hospitalized in intensive care in Bismarck last month with liver and kidney failure due to alcoholism. Earlier this month, he was transferred to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. His father has missed congressional votes to be with their family during his hospitalization.
North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven offered condolences for the Cramers after Thursday morning's news.
"We are truly saddened to hear of Isaac’s passing," he said in a statement. "We know this is a very difficult time for the Cramer family and we pray for God’s blessing on them. Mikey and I extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to Kevin, his wife Kris and their entire family.”
Gov. Doug Burgum extended his sympathy to the family: "Our hearts are with Rep. Cramer, Kris and the rest of the Cramer family as they mourn the loss of their son, Isaac. Please join Kathryn and I in keeping the family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp also offered support.
"My heart goes out to Rep. Cramer, Kris, and his entire family. No parent should have to bury a child," she said in a statement. "The support of those throughout our state and the grace of God will help lift them up during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with them.”
Cramer, who announced his U.S. Senate run last month, has four other children with his wife, Kris. Their family also includes four grandchildren.