By Judy Kurtz
Diaz-Balart, 58, was a nine-term lawmaker before retiring in 2011. His younger brother succeeded him and currently holds the House seat.
Former colleagues of the congressman sent their condolences after hearing of the news. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) wrote to Lincoln Diaz-Balart on Twitter Monday:
.@lincolndbalart Steve & I send deepest condolences to you & Cristina on passing of your beloved Lincoln. Our hearts are w/ you, my friend.— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) May 20, 2013