Civil rights icon and US congressman Rep John Lewis, has died at the age of 80.
His Family confirmed in a statement :
“It is with inconsolable grief and enduring sadness that we announce the passing of U.S. Rep. John Lewis,” the statement from his family said. “He was honored and respected as the conscience of the U.S. Congress and an icon of American history, but we knew him as a loving father and brother. He was a stalwart champion in the on-going struggle to demand respect for the dignity and worth of every human being. He dedicated his entire life to non-violent activism and was an outspoken advocate in the struggle for equal justice in America. He will be deeply missed.”
“He loved this country so much that he risked his life and his blood so that it might live up to its promise. And through the decades, he not only gave all of himself to the cause of freedom and justice, but inspired generations that followed to try to live up to his example. “
Lewis announced he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in December 2019. Lewis said in December that he has been “in some kind of fight – for freedom, equality, basic human rights – for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now.” according to CBS.
Lewis was married to his wife, Lillian, for nearly 50 years before her death in 2012. Together they had one son, John-Miles.