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Virginia Rep. Don McEachin dies at 61

WASHINGTON — Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin, a lawyer turned state legislator turned U.S. congressman who fought for issues ranging from the environment to the renaming of Fort Lee, died Monday night of complications from colorectal cancer just three weeks after being re-elected to a fourth term on Capitol Hill. He was 61.

McEachin’s office announced his death in an email shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, saying the Fourth Congressional District “lost a hero who always, always fought for them and put them first.” The statement did not indicate exactly when or where McEachin died.

“We are all devastated at the passing of our boss and friend, Congressman Donald McEachin,” spokesperson Tara Rountree said in the email. “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.”

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