"We are all deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and colleague Hank Lauricella," Louisiana Senate President John Alario said in a statement. "For decades he worked tirelessly to represent the citizens of Jefferson Parish, first in the Louisiana House of Representatives and then in the Louisiana Senate. He was truly a dedicated public servant and community leader at all levels. He left Louisiana a better place. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and the Senate shares their loss."
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones opened the Volunteers' post-practice media session Tuesday night by saying "our thoughts and prayers are with the Hank Lauricella family." Jones called Lauricella a "true VFL (Vol For Life) who accomplished everything that you could accomplish at the University of Tennessee. He's what Tennessee and Tennessee football stand for."