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Monday, August 22, 2011

Jack Layton, 61, dies after struggle with cancer - CTV News

Jack Layton, 61, dies after struggle with cancer - CTV News: NDP Leader Jack Layton died early Monday morning after announcing just weeks ago 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."

Layton's death is not only heartbreaking in how quickly it came after he announced his illness on July 25, but that it came so soon after what is considered to be Layton's greatest political achievement.

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