Quincy, Illinois, Tea Party activist Chip Gerdes passed away early this morning after suffering a heart attack. He leaves behind a wife and daughter.

Tea Partyers across the Twittersphere are mourning his untimely death and paying their respects to their friend and fellow happy warrior:

https://twitter.com/rsmccain/status/331442722714054657

Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. May he rest in peace.

  • OLLPOH

    Chip you have completed your American calling here on earth, now the heavenly calling begins! Condolences to all your family and extended family! You are now an Angel to those of us still here! Thank You and RIP!

  • Elaine

    Seems a little young to have a heart attack? Sorry for this loss and condolences to his family.

  • ZoriahShepard

    Warm, loving thoughts and prayers for his family and friends.

  • nc

    Too many of the good die young.

    Say Hi to Andrew for us.

  • ThomasER916

    Andrew Breitbart dies of a “heart attack”…
    Steve Bridges dies of a “heart attack”…

    They were both hated openly by Obama and his Administration.

    • laura

      Im there,, who is Chip,, hopefully not one of the many killed by the government.there was two gay s killed that went to Obamas church,,the week before the election, 2008.