Donald Payne Jr. dead: House Democrat dies after ‘cardiac episode’ over a week ago

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ) died Wednesday after suffering a “cardiac episode” earlier this month and battling a series of health troubles over recent years.

The under-the-radar House Democrat died at 65 after suffering a heart attack on April 6. He was on a ventilator in the intensive care unit at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center since then. Over the recent years, the six-term progressive congressman suffered from diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney problems that required regular dialysis, per the New Jersey Globe.

Gov. Phil Murphy (D-NJ) issued a statement on Payne’s passing on Wednesday, calling him a “steadfast champion.”

“Tammy and I are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of our friend, and a steadfast champion for the people of New Jersey, Congressman Donald Payne, Jr.,” the governor said. “With his signature bowtie, big heart, and tenacious spirit, Donald
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