12/07/2013 12:09 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Don Reid Dead: Harry Reid's Brother Dies At 85


Don Reid, brother of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) died Thursday at the age of 85, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

According to the Review-Journal, the cause of the death was not immediately available. The senator was informed of his brother's death at 3 a.m. Thursday morning, the Reno Gazette-Journal added.

Harry Reid told the Gazette-Journal that Don's health had gone from "bad to worse."

“I look back at my brother as to what a wonderful example he was to me, as I also look back at a terrible environment (the Reid family was poor in Searchlight) and he and I have loved each other for all of these years,” he said.

The Review-Journal noted that Harry Reid wrote about Don Reid in his 2008 memoir, "The Good Fight." In the piece, Harry describes Don as someone he looked up to as a high school basketball player.

“With his newfound sophistication, he would teach me things I might not have learned otherwise,” Reid wrote, according to the Review-Journal. “It was Don who taught me not to spit. And it was Don who taught me not to smoke.”

Don Reid is survived by his wife, Ginger Reid; daughters, Lari Dawn Reid and partner Debra Rieser, and Barbra Reid Jones and husband, Travis; grandchildren, Matthew and Alexandra Jones; and brothers Harry Reid and Larry Reid.



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