(CNN) - Former Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn, who also served as chairman of the Republican Governors Association from 2004-2005, passed away Thursday at the age of 73. Following Guinn's death, Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons ordered flags at state buildings to be lowered to half-staff. Guinn was elected governor of Nevada in 1998 and reelected in 2002.
Guinn passed away Thursday morning after falling from the roof of his home. The Clark County Coroner has not announced a cause of death, and an autopsy will be conducted tomorrow, family friend Billy Vassiliadis confirmed to CNN.
Read a statement from RGA vice chairman Tim Pawlenty after the jump.
Republican Governors Association Vice Chairman Tim Pawlenty issued the following statement on the death of Governor Kenny Guinn, who served as RGA chairman in 2004-2005:
"Kenny Guinn was that rare type of politician – a true statesman – who had the respect and admiration of all his colleagues. He had a warm and gentle nature, and always put the people of Nevada first. He will be remembered as one of the finest governors in the history of the state.
Kenny was a true friend and will be missed by the many of us who were privileged to know him.
His wife, Dema, and sons, Steve and Jeff, are in the hearts and prayers of all of us."