(CNN) — Rep. Donald M. Payne, a Democrat from New Jersey, has died, his Congressional office said in a statement Tuesday. He was 77.
Payne was serving his twelfth term in the U.S. Congress, making him one of the longest-serving members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation. In its statement, Payne’s office said the congressman died of complications from colon cancer. Payne announced to his constituents in February he was battling the disease.
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