Omaha Mayor Stothert’s husband dead, sources confirm

Area officials, organizations, candidates offer condolences to the Stothert family
Published: Mar. 5, 2021 at 4:38 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Sources from several fire and law enforcement agencies tell 6 News that the mayor’s husband, Dr. Joe Stothert, was found dead Friday afternoon outside their home.

Omaha Police said officers responded to Mayor Jean Stothert’s home at 1:53 p.m. and found a man deceased at the scene.

“The mayor is safe and no foul play is suspected,” OPD Officer Phil Anson said in an email.

The Stothert family released the following statement Friday afternoon:

“It is with great sadness today that we share the tragic loss of Joe Stothert with family, friends, and our loving community.

Joe’s dedication and affection for everyone he cared for serve as a bright light of human kindness for all of us to follow.

Our family asks for your prayers at this very difficult time. We will need them.

We also ask for privacy so our family may grieve and remember an extraordinary and caring husband, father and grandfather.”

Family of Dr. Joe Stothert
Omaha Police were checking IDs outside Mayor Jean Stothert's neighborhood on Friday afternoon,...
Omaha Police were checking IDs outside Mayor Jean Stothert's neighborhood on Friday afternoon, March 5, 2021, following the news that her husband had died.(Alex McLoon / WOWT)

Police officers were stationed outside St. Andrews Pointe, the residential development where the Stotherts’ home is located, for several hours on Friday checking ID before drivers entered the neighborhood south of 120th and Q streets.

We are now hearing from colleagues of Dr. Joe Stothert. They are remembering him for the profound impact he had on the Omaha metro community.

University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold says the entire staff at UNMC and Nebraska Medicine are mourning the loss of their beloved colleague.

Dr. Gold says he will always remember Dr. Joe Stothert for his kindness and can-do attitude.

“What people will remember, I think, are his leadership, his kindness to patients and to staff, his incredible tenacity. You know, he was a never-give-up kind of guy, and his patients and the teams that he worked with benefitted from that. He had the opportunity to work with countless numbers, literally hundreds of residents and fellows during his time,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gold, UNMC Chancellor.

Husband of Mayor Jean Stothert found dead at home


City, county, and Nebraska officials sent their condolences to the Stothert family:

We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. Joe Stothert. Dr. Stothert served our community...

Posted by Omaha Police Department on Saturday, March 6, 2021

Local candidates also offered their sympathy:

Officials from Nebraska Medicine, UMNC, and Dr. Pour also gave out condolences:

School officials, Omaha’s Archbishop, and the Omaha Public Library also offered their sympathy:

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