Brian Fox, a Republican who twice sought elected office in southern Brooklyn, died Nov. 9 at age 34.
The Bay Ridge resident died at home in his sleep, according to Liam McCabe, his former campaign manager.
In 2021, Fox, a political newcomer, ran for City Council in the 43rd District against incumbent Democrat Justin Brannan. He led on election night but fell short when the absentee ballots were counted.
Last year he ran for State Senate in the 26th District and lost to Democratic Sen. Andrew Gounardes.
Fox was the founder and managing partner of Phillip Martin Talent Advisors and a co-founder of the South Brooklyn Coalition to Save Small Businesses.
“Brian was a larger than life teddy bear who got into politics as a regular neighborhood guy two years ago because he was just fed up,” McCabe wrote on Facebook. “He ended up shocking the political world with his near victory and made so many friends and followers along the way.”
“Was saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Brian Fox today,” wrote Councilman Ari Kagan on X. “Brian was one of the first people to get behind my run. He was always optimistic and I will remember his smile. My thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight. RIP, Brian.”
“Like so many others, I was both saddened and shocked to learn of the untimely passing of Brian Fox,” said U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis. “Brian was a great supporter of our NYPD and passionate about improving the quality of life for the families in southern Brooklyn. His advocacy and presence will be missed.”
A memorial visitation will be held at Clavin Funeral Home on Nov. 19 from 12 to 2 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 2 p.m.
This story has been updated to include quotes from U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis and Councilman Ari Kagan.