Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s wife, Bridgette Gentry Marshall was confirmed dead Sunday, following “a long struggle with mental illness,” according to a statement from Marshall’s office.
When untimely death strikes, our natural tendency is to immediately want to know what happened and be tempted to listen to and spread gossip.
But Steve Marshall and his family don’t deserve gossip right now. They deserve grace and space, and that’s what Alabamians should give our attorney general.
Today, the how and why shouldn’t matter, at least not right now.
What matters is that a husband, a father, a man – a good and decent man – is devastated beyond comprehension. Everything we say and do should be about helping Steve and his family, not adding to their grief by posting mean social media comments or spreading unconfirmed rumors.
Troy King, his opponent in the GOP primary runoff, said in a Facebook post that he is pausing his campaign and stopping his advertisements, as he should.
Take a moment today to pause and pray for Steve Marshall and his family.
Update: Steve Marshall, angered by the rumor mill, spoke publicly about his wife’s death this week.