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Controversial Washington ex-mayor Marion Barry dies

Former Washington mayor Marion Barry, who left office in disgrace and went to prison on drug charges only to return for a fourth term, has died at a Washington hospital, aged 78Former Washington mayor Marion Barry, who left office in disgrace and went to prison on drug charges only to return for a fourth term, has died aged 78. US President Barack Obama was among those paying tribute to Barry on Sunday, calling him “a fixture in DC politics for decades” and praising him for his role in the civil rights movement. The Washington Post, citing hospital officials in the US capital, said the mayor was in cardiac arrest when he arrived and could not be revived. Barry, the Mississippi-born son of a sharecropper, dominated local politics in Washington for many years starting in the mid-1970s despite repeated scandals and multiple arrests.

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