Former Sen. Kay Hagan dies after long battle with illness

Published: Oct. 28, 2019 at 12:50 PM EDT
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The family of former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan says she has died. She was 66.

The family issued a statement said Hagan died Monday morning at her home in Greensboro.

Hagan was a North Carolina Democrat who was elected in elected in 2008 and served one term before she was defeated by Republican Thom Tillis in 2014.

During her time on Capitol Hill, she was a champion of the Affordable Care Act as well as efforts to release documents pertaining to water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

In 2016, Hagan contracted a tick-borne illness which caused brain inflammation that made it difficult for her to speak and walk.

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Former U.S. Senator Kay Hagan has died after battling a lenghty illness, Democratic party leaders confirmed. Hagan was 66.

Hagan was elected in 2008 and served one term before she was defeated by Republican Thom Tillis during a bruising contest for the seat.

As word began to spread about her passing, the condolences started pouring in for Hagan.

Governor Cooper shared the following statement on the passing of Senator Hagan:

"Kristin and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend Senator Kay Hagan. I’ve known Kay since our days in the legislature together. Kay was a fierce advocate for North Carolina, and she represented our state with courage and grace her entire career. She made it a mission to inspire young people - especially young girls - to enter public service, and she served as a role model to so many. North Carolina is mourning one of our best today."

Claire McCaskill tweeted, "The world is a little grayer since we lost this amazing woman and dear friend today."

We'll continue to share reaction as it comes in.

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