Virginia Rep. Don McEachin dies at 61

WASHINGTON — Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin, a lawyer-turned-state legislator turned U.S. congressman who fought for issues ranging from the environment to Fort Lee’s renaming, died Monday night of complications from colorectal cancer just three weeks after being re-elected to a fourth term on Capitol Hill. He was 61 years old.

McEachin’s office announced his death in an email shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, saying the Fourth Congressional District “lost a hero who always, always fought for them and put them first.” The statement did not say exactly when or where McEachin died.

“We are all devastated by the passing of our patron and friend, Congressman Donald McEachin,” spokeswoman Tara Rountree said in the email. “Valiantly, for years we have watched him battle and overcome the side effects of his 2013 colorectal cancer. Tonight he lost that battle, and the people of Virginia’s fourth congressional district lost a hero who always, always fought for them and put them first.”

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