Congressman Mark Takai, who has represented Hawaii’s 1st district since last year, passed away today at age 49.
Takai had been battling pancreatic cancer and announced recently he would not be seeking reelection because of it.
His office released the following statement:
Rep. Mark Takai of Hawaii has passed away after battling cancer, his office says. pic.twitter.com/vF2YvUrB77
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His colleagues have already expressed their condolences on Twitter:
Rest in Peace my friend & colleague, Mark Takai. We've lost you too soon. But are grateful for the Aloha spirit you shared with all of us.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 20, 2016
— Rep. Bruce Westerman (@RepWesterman) July 20, 2016
I extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of my colleague @RepMarkTakai. May he rest in peace.
— Frederica Wilson (@RepWilson) July 20, 2016
Our hearts go out to the family of Rep. Mark Takai, who passed away today. Please keep his friends and loved ones in your prayers.
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) July 20, 2016
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