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State Rep. Isaac Robinson dies of suspected coronavirus complications


State Rep. Isaac Robinson, D-Detroit, died Sunday morning at Detroit Medical Center Hospital of a suspected coronavirus infection.

House Minority Leader Chris Greig, D-Farmington Hills, said she spoke with Robinson on Thursday night and he told her he hadn’t been feeling well.

“But he was pretty stubborn,” she said, and didn’t go to the hospital until Sunday. “I spoke with (his mother) Rose Mary tonight and she’s in shock and she told me she believes it was COVID-19.”

Robinson is one of several prominent metro Detroiters believed to have died or be infected by the virus.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Highland Park Police Chief Hilton Napoleon have both been diagnosed with the illness. Detroit community leader Marlowe Stoudamire, Detroit police homicide Capt. Jonathan Parnell and Wayne County Sheriff's Cmdr. Donafay Collins have all died.

Robinson, 44, was a frequent participant in protests over everything from water shutoffs, air quality and working conditions of everyday Detroiters.