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Posted at 9:02 a.m. on March 6, 2012
Updated 9:15 a.m. | Rep. Donald Payne (D) of New Jersey has passed away, two sources confirmed to Roll Call this morning.
The 77-year-old Congressman had been suffering from colon cancer. In a press release earlier this year, his office expressed optimism about his prognosis but news began to circulate last week that his health took a turn for the worse.
He was transported back to New Jersey on Friday. One New Jersey delegation Hill staffer told Roll Call that a member of the Payne family spoke to his boss telling him of the news.
Tributes to Payne from his colleagues began rolling in Tuesday morning.
“Donald Payne was a true trailblazer — a champion for education and civil rights who sought to combat injustice all over the world,” Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) said in a statement. “I will greatly miss my friend and brother. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May Donald Payne rest in peace.”
Read the full Payne obituary here.