cory booker*(Via USA Today) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker‘s father, Cary, died Thursday in Las Vegas.

The elder Booker was 76 years old and recently suffered a stroke, according to the Democrat’s campaign. Cary Booker also suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

The death comes as Cory Booker enters the final stretch of his campaign for the U.S. Senate against Republican Steve Lonegan. Voters will go to the polls Oct. 16 to elect a successor to the late Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat.

The candidate canceled his campaign events for the rest of the day. He had been scheduled to attend a rally with state Sen. Barbara Buono, who is running for New Jersey governor.

Cary and Carolyn Booker, the mayor’s parents, were among the first black executives at IBM in the 1960s and active in the civil rights movement.

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