Marion Barry

*(Via Washington Post) – Marion Barry, the four-term former mayor and current D.C. Council member, who was one of the best known local political figures in Washington history, died around midnight Saturday, a few hours after being released from Howard University Hospital following a brief stay. He was 78.

His death was announced by his family in a statement released through a spokeswoman for Barry.

According to the statement, he died at the United Medical Center in Southeast Washington, after having been released from Howard University Hospital Saturday.

No cause was given, but he had suffered from many health problems over the years.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray said in a statement that he would work with Barry’s family and the D.C. Council to plan ceremonies worthy of a “true statesman of the District of Columbia.”

C. Matthew Hudson, the chairman of the United Medical Center board and a personal pastor to Barry, said he was summoned to Barry’s bedside shortly after he arrived late Saturday night. Already there, he said, were the former Mayor’s wife, Cora Masters Barry, and his son Christopher Barry.

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