Bernie Baby, the cheerful infant who won the affections of people of all political stripes after his mom posted photos on social media of him greeting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a lookalike white-haired wig, oversized glasses and plaid tie, has died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Now the family of Oliver Jack Carter Lomas-Davis is mourning his death from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Oliver died last week, just shy of 4 months old. He was born October 17, 2015.
“Please come share w/us the short, beautiful life of Oliver who will be greatly missed but not forgotten,” his mother, Susan Lomas, posted on Twitter. A wake is scheduled for Monday.
The winsome baby boy quickly became known across the Internet universe as Bernie Baby after his mother, Susan Lomas, posted photos on Facebook and Twitter of him greeting Sanders at a political rally in Las Vegas.
The candidate himself seemed captivated by Oliver, picking him up and holding him as the two lookalikes, separated in age by 74 years, smiled at one another.
“Oliver Jack Carter Lomas-Davis was an adorable infant who brought smiles to not only his family, but to millions online,” his online memorial read. “Oliver’s mother, aunt and family are mourning the tragic and surprising loss of this incredible baby boy.”
In his Bernie Baby photos as well as most others, Oliver is often smiling broadly, although in a few of the Bernie lookalike pics he has nodded off. In one he’s enjoying a baby bottle.
His family is raising money to help cover burial expenses and counseling. In five days they had raised more than $18,000, surpassing their fundraising goal of $16,000.
With additional reporting from CNN.