The world has actually lost a legend.
Rep. John Lewis, who ended up being a significant figure in the civil liberties motion and later on a U.S. congressman, died on Friday night. According to CNN, the famous public figure passed away after a six-month fight with pancreatic cancer.
He was 80 years of ages.
“It is with inconsolable grief and enduring sadness that we announce the passing of U.S. Rep. John Lewis,” his household shared in a declaration, per CNN. “He was honored and respected as the conscience of the U.S. Congress and an icon of American history, but we knew him as a loving father and brother.”
“He was a stalwart champion in the ongoing struggle to demand respect for the dignity and worth of every human being,” the declaration continued. “He dedicated his entire life to non-violent activism and was an outspoken advocate in the struggle for equal justice in America. He will be deeply missed.”