This is heartbreaking. The baby who captured the hearts of Americans everywhere when he appeared at a Las Vegas rally dressed as Bernie Sanders, tragically died due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in February, his family announced on March 4. He was just shy of 4 months. It’s so sad!
America is mourning Oliver Jack Carter Lomas-Davis, affectionately known as the “Bernie Baby,” after learning of his sudden death caused by SIDs. Oliver, who’s photo went viral after delighting Bernie Sanders, 74, when he showed up to a rally rocking a mop of gray hair, a tie, and black, thick-rimmed glasses, had become a charming representation of the election. Now, at just 4 months old, he’s gone — his death has shocked the nation.
“Oliver Jack Carter Lomas-Davis was an adorable infant who brought smiles to not only his family, but to millions online,” his online memorial read. “Oliver’s mother, aunt and family are mourning the tragic and surprising loss of this incredible baby boy.” Oliver, who became an Internet sensation after the photo of him dressed as Bernie went viral, became known as “Bernie Baby,” and just like that, the world fell in love with the infant.
The pictures from that Las Vegas rally, show Oliver being held by Bernie while both Bernies — old and young — smile at each other. It’s seriously adorable! Bernie has been notified of Oliver’s death and spokesman Michael Briggs has said that the campaign will release a statement soon. “It’s very sad,” Michael said. Sad is an understatement!
— Susan Lomas (@SusieLomas) March 3, 2016
Oliver’s aunt, Anastasia Lomas, told The Associated Press her nephew was “happy, joyful, and full of love, and he shared that with everyone he came into contact with. He was extremely healthy and was tragically taken too early by SIDS.” Our hearts are breaking.
And now the Lomas-Davis family is mourning his death along with the rest of the country. “Please come share w/us the short, beautiful life of Oliver who will be greatly missed but not forgotten,” his mother, Susan Lomas, posted on Twitter. A wake is scheduled for Monday. And the child will be buried Tuesday. The devastated family is also currently raising money to help cover burial expenses and counseling.
Our thoughts are with the Lomas-Davis family during this extremely difficult time.