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Tributes as cocaine scandal mayor dies

By AP Reporter

Former Washington DC mayor Marion Barry, whose four terms were overshadowed by his 1990 arrest after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine, has died. He was 78.

Mr Barry's family said he died shortly after midnight yesterday at the United Medical Centre, after having been released from Howard University Hospital the previous day.

He had battled kidney problems stemming from diabetes and high blood pressure and underwent a kidney transplant in February 2009. No cause of death was given.

The statement said Mr Barry's family requested that their privacy be respected.

Speaking at a 4am press conference at United Medical Centre, the city's mayor-elect Muriel Bowser called Mr Barry "a fighter for people".

"Mr Barry, I can say this, lived up until the minute the way he wanted to live," said Ms Bowser, who had served with Mr Barry on the DC Council.

Mr Barry was married four times and is survived by his wife, Cora Masters, and one son, Marion Christopher Barry.

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