RALEIGH, N.C. — State Sen. Martin Nesbitt passed away Thursday at the age of 67, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
A leading veteran lawmaker, Nesbitt’s passing comes 10 days after he was diagnosed with stomach cancer.
Nesbitt stepped down from from his position as the N.C. Senate Democratic leader Tuesday.
The News & Observer reports that in a statement earlier this week, he said it “has become clear that I will need to take some time in the coming weeks and months to focus on my health.”
Nesbitt served more than 11 terms in the N.C. House of Representatives and five terms in the Senate. He took the post as Senate Democratic leader in 2011 when Republicans took control of the chamber.
Read more: Raleigh News & Observer
Sad to hear of the passing of Sen. Martin Nesbitt His years of service to North Carolina were distinguished. Praying for the family. #ncpol
— Mark Shiver (@markshiver) March 7, 2014
Sending thoughts and prayers to Senator Nesbitt's family tonight. Thankful for his decades of dedicated service.
— John Ager (@ElectJohnAger) March 7, 2014
North Carolina has lost a true statesman tonight. Rest in peace, Senator Nesbitt. http://t.co/ifBwGlmgkN
— Justin Wallace (@jwallaceNC) March 7, 2014