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Jack Layton, 61, dies after struggle with cancer

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NDP Leader Jack Layton died Monday mere weeks after announcing that he was fighting a new form of cancer, and just months after leading his party to its most successful federal election result ever.


Layton was 61 years old.


The New Democratic Party issued a statement Monday on behalf of Layton's wife Olivia Chow, and his children Sarah and Michael Layton.


"We deeply regret to inform you that The Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 a.m. today, Monday, Aug. 22," the statement said.


"He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and loved ones."


A funeral service for Layton is expected to be held Saturday in Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall. [continued in link]




I realize this story may not mean to much of anyone outside of Canada, but this is a huge deal there. Imagine if someone like John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, or even Joe Biden died suddenly. That's the gravity of the situation over in Canada. This guy is literally the second-in-command of the Canadian Government.

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