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Rick Davis' family releases statement

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14 News learned Monday that former Vanderburgh County Treasurer and former Evansville Mayoral Candidate Rick Davis is on life-support in critical condition at Deaconess Hospital.

His family has released the following statement:

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. They are greatly appreciated. We know that you are concerned and care greatly about Rick, but we ask that you respect our privacy during this very difficult time.

The Davis Family

It's through his position as treasurer that Davis has impacted people in the community.

Politicians, officials, and members of law enforcement have shared their well wishes and extended their thoughts and prayers to Davis and his family on Facebook.

We've learned that he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in his 20s.

Crohn's disease causes inflammation in the lining of the digestive tract, and tends to run in families. It's a chronic disease that can be very painful and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications.

In more severe cases, the disease can lead to chronic inflammation that can then lead to tissue damage, which can be fatal.

Davis recently shared on his Facebook page that he's been recovering from a surgery he had on August 11.

Leaders of the county's democratic party say they're hoping Davis can make a full recovery.

Evansvillle Mayor Lloyd Winnecke tweeted, "Please keep Rick Davis and his family in thoughts/prayers during this difficult time."

"It was quite a shock," said Rob Faulkner. "He's very affable, and around him very much, you get to like him. He's pretty sincere, and hope, we hope that he makes a recovery. We understand he's on life support, but you know, we hope for the best, and people I know sometimes do make a recovery from that circumstance so our hopes and our prayers are with his family for the best outcome."

Councilwoman Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley posted on Facebook that Davis is fighting like a champion.

14 News is continuing to follow these developments, and we will have the latest on air, online at 14News.com and on mobile with the 14 News mobile app.

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