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McDaniel's statement on Friday came after news broke that Mayfield had died. Lawyers for Mayfield confirmed earlier reports that Mayfield committed suicide.
Here's McDaniel's statement:
Regardless of recent allegations made against his character, Mark Mayfield was a fine Christian man who was always respectful and kind. He was one of the most polite and humble men I've ever met in politics. He was a loving husband, father, a pillar of his community, and he will be missed. We are saddened by his loss, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his wife, his family and friends.