The wife of Senate leader Marc Basnight has died at U-N-C Hospitals in Chapel Hill after an extended illness. Sandy Basnight was 59.
Basnight's office issued a statement saying his wife died yesterday.
Services were being planned for Wednesday in Wanchese on the North Carolina coast.
Basnight has served in the state Senate since 1985 and has been president pro tempore for eight two-year terms.
His office wouldn't disclose the nature of Sandy Basnight's illness. The senator told colleagues last week he would be absent for a period because of a family illness.