Rep. Larry Brown of Forsyth County dies

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina Rep. Larry Brown of Kernersville has died, his staffers said Thursday.

Zane Stillwell, who works in Brown's office in Raleigh, confirmed the Republican state representative's passing. 

Brown, who was 69, served in the N.C. House of Representatives for four terms.

A spokesperson with Gov. Perdue's office said Brown died of a heart attack Thursday morning in Pinehurst.

Before he was a state representative, Brown served as an alderman and mayor of Kernersville.  He also was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retired U.S. Postal Service worker. 

"I felt like I always had a close working relationship with Larry," Dawn Morgan, the current mayor of Kernersville, told the Winston-Salem Journal.  "He cared deeply about the citizens he represented, and his leadership will be missed. That deep care for the concerns of the citizens was so important in his decision-making. He is someone who would remember a birthday, who would take the time to talk with everyone and ask about their concerns. He put a lot of energy and consideration toward representing the citizens of Kernersville. That is something I admire."

Perdue ordered that all North Carolina state flags at state facilities be lowered to half-staff until sunset Friday as tribute to Brown.