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Virginia Congressman Donald McEachin dies at 61 after cancer battle [Video]

Rep. Donald McEachin of Virginia.Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Donald McEachin, a Democrat from Virginia, died on Monday after battling colorectal cancer, according to his congressional office.

He was 61 years old.

“We are all devastated at the passing of our boss and friend, Congressman Donald McEachin,” McEachin chief of staff Tara Rountree said in a statement on Monday evening. “Valiantly, for years now, we have watched him fight and triumph over the secondary effects of his colorectal cancer from 2013. Tonight, he lost that battle, and the people of Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District lost a hero who always, always fought for them and put them first.”

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, who served as the Commonwealth’s governor from 2002 to 2006, remembered McEachin fondly on Monday.

“Up until the very end, Don was a fighter,” Warner said in a statement. “Even though he battled cancer and faced other trials in recent years, he never lost his focus on social and environmental …

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