Congressman Alcee Hastings dies at age 84

Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings has died at age 84 after a two-year fight with pancreatic cancer, Fox News has confirmed.

Hastings, who served in the House for nearly three decades, represented Florida’s 20th Congressional district, which included Democratic areas around Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

In late 2018, Hastings was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. For two years he continued doing public appearances between medical treatments. In his final days, he was admitted to hospice care.

“Alcee was a fighter, and he fought this terrible disease longer than most. He faced it fearlessly, and at times even made fun of it,” said Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness.

Fellow Florida Democrat, Rep. Val Demings, said Hastings “brought passion & unwavering dedication to the fight for justice.”

“U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings served his constituents as a civil rights attorney, judge, and Dean of our Congressional delegation. He changed the face of politics in FL and brought passion & unwavering dedication to the fight for justice. We are forever grateful for a life well lived,” Demings wrote.

Democrats hold a slim 218-211 advantage in the House after Hastings’ passing. There will be five vacancies once Rep.-elect Julia Letlow, R-La., is sworn into office.

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