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US Rep. Mark Takai of Hawaii dies at 49



Former Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, died Wednesday from pancreatic cancer.

Takai, 49, died in his home surrounded by family, according to ABC News.

The congressman announced in May that he would not seek reelection after finding out his cancer had spread. He had planned to finish his term, which would have ended in January 2017, according to NBC News

Wednesday, Takai's office confirmed his death in a statement:

"Today, Congressman Mark Takai passed away at home, surrounded by family. Takai represented Hawaii's 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th Congress and spent 20 years serving in the Hawaii State House of Representatives. In Congress Takai served as the Ranking Member of the Committee on Small Business's Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce in addition to being a member of the House Committee on Armed Services."

"The Takai family thanks the people of Hawaii for their support during this difficult time. Information regarding a service will be available at a later time. The Takai family politely asks for the continued respect of their family's privacy."

Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., posted to Twitter saying she was "heartbroken" to hear of Takai's passing. 

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