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Rep. Mark Takai (D-Hawaii) has died at age 49, according to Civil Beat.

Takai was diagnosed in October with pancreatic cancer.

{mosads}“The Takai family thanks the people of Hawaii for their support during this difficult time,” the congressman’s office said in a statement, the according to the report.

“Information regarding a service will be available at a later time. The Takai family politely asks for the continued respect of their family’s privacy.”

Takai announced in May he would not seek reelection after learning his cancer had spread. 

He served as a member of the House Small Business Committee and the Armed Services Committee.

President Obama said in a statement that his thoughts and prayers were with Takai’s family.

“Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Representative Mark Takai today. Mark was always a fighter. It’s the spirit he brought to more than two decades of public service on behalf of the people of Hawaii,” the president said in a statement.

“He stood up for America’s most vulnerable. He championed our troops and veterans, and proudly wore our nation’s uniform. And his relentless push for cancer research inspired countless Americans fighting the same battle as him. Simply put, our country is better off because of Mark’s contributions. He leaves a legacy of courage, of service, and of hope.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) commended Takai’s service to the people of Hawaii, saying he “embodied our nation’s highest ideals.”

“Congressman Takai was a dedicated champion for hard-working families, a proud defender of our nation, and a devoted husband and father,” Pelosi said in a statement.

She said Takai showed “courage and strength” in his fight against cancer.

“Mark confronted his diagnosis with the spirit we all hope we would share when facing such an awful disease,” she said. “As we mourn the loss of our friend, we draw fresh resolve to find cures.  We are deeply grateful to Congressman Takai’s family for sharing this great man with us.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement: “I am saddened by the passing of our colleague, Mark Takai. He was an exemplary soldier, public servant, and beloved member of the House of Representatives. His love for Hawaii and the people he represented was evident every day. My prayers are with his wife, Sami, and his children, Matthew and Kaila.”

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton also released a statement mourning his death.

“The loss of Congressman Mark Takai will be felt keenly from Washington to Honolulu. Mark was everything a public servant should be,” she said, commending him for his work on veterans’ issues, climate change and Asian-American, Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian rights. “I am grateful to Mark for his friendship and deeply honored to have earned his support. My thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family and friends, and especially with his wife Sami and his children Matthew and Kaila.”

“He proudly served his country in uniform, including 17 years with the Hawai‘i Army National Guard. Mark humbly and effectively served the people of his state House and Congressional districts,” Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) said in a statement.

“In the often tumultuous world of politics, he has been a shining example of what it means to be a public servant.”

Ige called Takai a “family man first” and offered his condolences to Takai’s family.

“Your husband and father was a man of principle and goodwill,” he said. “Thank you for sharing him with the citizens of Hawai‘i.”

Updated at 8:22 p.m.

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