Marion Barry, the former Washington, DC mayor who resigned in the wake of a 1990 crack cocaine arrest, has died at the age of 78, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Barry was also a civil rights activist. This story was broken by several sources, including the BBC News.
Despite his having been one of the most controversial mayors that Washington, D.C., has ever had, Barry staged a comeback and was re-elected as mayor after a drug arrest. He was a 4-term mayor and one of the most powerful local politicians of his era, according to an obituary in the Washington Post.
Former Mayor Marion Barry spent his final hours at United Medical Center in Washington, where he passed away early in the morning on Sunday. Due to his popularity with his constituents, even following his drug arrest, critics dubbed Barry “Mayor for Life.”
Marion Barry, long-time mayor of Washington, DC, has died at the age of 78. More details will follow in further updates to this Breaking News.
Written By Douglas Cobb