Oliver, the first Black woman to serve as speaker of the Louisiana Assembly, died Tuesday after being hospitalized for an undisclosed medical issue on Monday.
"It is with tremendous sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of the Honorable Sheila Y. Oliver, Lieutenant Governor of the State of New Jersey,"
Oliver's family said in a statement on Tuesday. She was not only a brilliant public servant, but also our beloved daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and hero.
As we come to terms with this deep loss, we respectfully request that you respect the Oliver family's privacy during this difficult time as they grieve their beloved Sheila.
Sheila Y. Oliver leaves a legacy of dedication, service, and inspiration. We will remember her dedication to the people of New Jersey and her persistent efforts to improve the community.