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Senator Martin Nesbitt Dies

Mark Nesbitt

Mark Nesbitt

67-year-old Senator Martin Nesbitt has died. Nesbitt’s death comes just 10 days after he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Nesbitt was well known all over the state. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. His death comes a day after he returned to the mountains after spending a week in the hospital. Friends and colleagues waved and cheered Nesbitt on as he traveled by ambulance from the hospital. Well-wishers included Nesbitt’s political colleagues and personal friends. Nesbitt stepped down from his position as Senate minority leader Tuesday after a recent medical diagnosis. Nesbitt was elected Senate Majority Leader in 2009 and has been minority leader since 2011, when Republicans took over the chamber. Senator Dan Blue will take his place. The Senate Democratic Caucus released a statement late Tuesday announcing the change, which occurred Monday during a meeting of Senate Democrats. Governor Pat McCrory has ordered all North Carolina state flags on state facilities to be lowered to half staff in honor of Senator Martin Nesbitt.