Former State Representiatve Opio Toure died Monday morning of congestive lung failure at St. Anthony's hospital. He was 53 years old.
A long life in the State House of Representatives, Toure was a representative for the 99th District of Oklahoma serving Oklahoma City for more than 10 years. He served as the Democrat Floor Leader and acted as co-chair of the Oklahoma County Democratic Party.
"We are all saddened today by the loss of our good friend, Representative Toure, who was a consummate champion for social rights in Oklahoma," Rice said. "He will be remembered as someone who fiercely represented the needs of the people he represented in Oklahoma City. There was a spirit of kindness and goodness to him that will be missed."
Toure's law classes have been reassigned to different professors at Langston University.
He is survived by his wife Linda and two children Jelani and Jabari.