The stepmother of Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) and his twin brother, former Democratic presidential contender Julián Castro, has died from the coronavirus.

“My stepmom, Alice Guzman, passed away today from COVID-19,” Joaquin Castro announced on Twitter late Thursday.

“She and my dad were married for 31 years,” Castro continued, describing Guzman as “a warm, loving person” who will be missed “incredibly.”

“My heart goes out to the families who’ve lost loved ones to this terrible illness,” he wrote.

My stepmom, Alice Guzman, passed away today from COVID-19. She and my dad were for married for 31 years. Alice (pictured with my daughter) was a warm, loving person and we’ll miss her incredibly.My heart goes out to the families who’ve lost loved ones to this terrible illness.

— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) July 10, 2020

Julián Castro, who served as Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Barack Obama, replied to his brother: “May she Rest in Peace.”

May she Rest In Peace.

— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) July 10, 2020

People on Twitter sent messages of condolence to the siblings:

So so sorry for your loss. A terrible virus that is taking too many of our loved ones. Thanks for sharing the lovely photo of your daughter with her. My prayers to you and your family.

— Nanette D. Barragán (@RepBarragan) July 10, 2020

I’m so sorry for your loss. this is very sad.

— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) July 10, 2020


— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 10, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your stepmom.

— Nada Bakos (@nadabakos) July 10, 2020

I’m so sorry. Keeping your family in my thoughts. ❤️

— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) July 10, 2020

So sorry to hear this Congressman. Condolences to you and @JulianCastro

— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) July 10, 2020 A HuffPost Guide To Coronavirus Stay up to date with our live blog as we cover the COVID-19 pandemic 7 essential pieces of relationship advice for couples in quarantine What you need to know about face masks right now How to tell if you need to start doing online therapy Lost your job due to coronavirus? Here’s what you need to know. Parenting during the coronavirus crisis? The HuffPost guide to working from home What coronavirus questions are on your mind right now? We want to help you find answers. Everyone deserves accurate information about COVID-19. Support journalism without a paywall — and keep it free for everyone — by becoming a HuffPost member today. HuffPost testPromoTitleReplace testPromoDekReplace Join HuffPost Today!No thanks. HuffPost Important conversations are happening now. Add your voice! Join HuffPost Today! Download Calling all HuffPost superfans! Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost’s next chapter Join HuffPost

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