Sun Nov 23, 2014
Former four-time District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, 78,
died after midnight on Sunday, Nov. 23 at the District's United Medical
Center, after being released earlier Saturday evening around 6:30 p.m. from
Howard University Hospital.
The legendary and embattled D.C. politician was admitted Thursday to Howard University Hospital because he was no feeling well,
according to D.C. council spokeswoman LaToya Foster.
WTOP's Jamie Forzato reports that according to Foster, Barry was discharged
Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. when he told her he was in good spirits. He then
went home, watched a little TV and went to get something to eat. He then drove
home where he collapsed while getting out of his vehicle.
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An ambulance was called and his wife Cora went with him. He arrived to UMC
around 12:15 a.m. He was pronounced dead at 1:46 Sunday morning. According to
officials, exact cause of death has not yet been determined.
Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser spoke at a press conference where she said she is
saddened and shocked at the loss of MB. "He was an inspiration fighter
champion for the people of Ward 8 and he left a strong legacy."
She says after Barry was discharged, he went home, watched TV and visited with
his son. But he collapsed while getting out of his car and he was taken to the
UMC with his wife by his side. He died at 12:15 a.m. from cardiac arrest.
UMC released a statement Sunday morning:
Mr. Barry has had a long history of social and political engagement in the
District and across the nation. His advocacy on behalf of the poor, the less
fortunate and others will certainly be missed.
"Over the years, Councilmember Barry has maintained a strong and heartfelt
resolve to keep United Medical Center open for the people east of the
Anacostia River. Without his involvement and continued work on our behalf we
are certain that this hospital would not be where it is today," read the
"Mr. Barry taught us all so much about fighting for justice; fighting for the
people; fighting for the poor - it now becomes our responsibility to keep his
Barry had a serious blood infection earlier this year and endured two lengthy
hospital stays. He suffered from diabetes and has a kidney transplant in 2009.
He was also a prostate cancer survivor.
Barry was first elected mayor in 1978 after building a political career as an
official of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and a local
activist in Washington. Re-elected in 1982 and 1986, he was dubbed "Mayor For
He made national headlines in 1990 when he was convicted and sent to prison
for 6 months after getting caught in a sting smoking crack with a girlfriend
in a D.C. hotel room. His career has been fraught with financial scandal and
tainted by his drug abuse problems early on. But observers say his
contributions to the city will be remembered as substantial and varied for
years to come.
"There was the good Marion Barry and the bad Marion Barry, both in equal
measure," recalled longtime congressional correspondent and WTOP reporter Dave
McConnell on air Sunday morning. "But I think as a larger than life figure
Barry will be remembered as bringing bringing power and focus to to the
Mayor's Office," taking over in 1979 and heading the District's redevelopment.
"He knew what he wanted to do and would do it by any means necessary."
Barry was married four times and is survived by one son, Marion Christopher
Barry released his autobiography "Mayor For Life, the Incredible Story of
Marion Barry, Jr." in June 2014. He will appear on Barry on Oprah's "Where Are
They Now" program this Sunday at 9 p.m. EST.
Friends and colleagues began to respond on Twitter early Sunday, including
friend Rev. Jesse Jackson and Bowser:
Our thoughts and prayers go out
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