Former 19th Congressional District candidate, Kyle Van De Water, was found dead Tuesday just over a week after dropping out of the 2022 race.
Van De Water, 41, an attorney and Army veteran, ran against U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado in 2020 and planned to run again in 2022.
In late-August, he announced he would not be pursuing the seat, saying, in part, “Unfortunately, circumstances in my life have changed and I am no longer able to give 110% towards this endeavor. For the good of the party, and the district, I have decided to withdraw my candidacy. “
Police are investigating Van De Water’s death as a suicide after he was found in a Poughkeepsie cemetery while officers were responding to a report of a “man down,” according to Mid Hudson News.
Delgado released the following statement Tuesday evening:
“My heart breaks for Kyle, and his beautiful family. We shared a number of conversations about family and country, and I walked away from each one knowing that he had a profound love for both.
I know he will be immensely missed, and I’m praying for all who loved him – his friends, fellow soldiers, and family. Kyle’s death is tragically felt not only on an individual level, but also nationally, as far too many veterans across our country are going without the support and care that their service to our great land undoubtedly necessitates.”