Congressman Dies Suddenly At 65 Before Election

Democratic U.S. Representative Donald M. Payne Jr. of New Jersey has passed away at the age of 65. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy confirmed the news in a statement on social media platform X, expressing his sadness over Payne’s passing and calling him a “steadfast champion for the people of New Jersey.”



Rep. Payne, a strong advocate for COVID-19 vaccines, had suffered a heart attack on April 6 due to complications with diabetes. Initially, his office reported that he was in stable condition, but subsequent reports indicated he was in a coma. Governor Murphy described Payne as a dedicated public servant, sending heartfelt condolences to his family during this challenging time.

Payne had served in the U.S. House of Representatives for over a decade, first winning his seat in a 2012 special election. Throughout his career, he was known for his commitment to his constituents and his advocacy for various causes, including public health and civil rights. His loss is felt deeply within the New Jersey community and among his colleagues in Congress.

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.), who represented New Jersey in the House for more than a decade, has died at the age of 65.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) confirmed Payne’s death in a statement on Wednesday.

“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.,” he wrote.

Payne suffered what his office called a “cardiac episode” related to complications from diabetes more than two weeks ago and had been hospitalized since.

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