It was announced today that NDP Leader Jack Layton passed away last night.
Jack Layton, the New Democratic Party leader who led his party to Official Opposition status in this year’s federal election, has died after a battle with cancer. He passed away early this morning with his family at his side. He was 61.
“We deeply regret to inform you that The Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 am today, Monday, August 22,” said a statement from his wife Olivia Chow and his children Sarah and Michael Layton. “He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and loved ones. Details of Mr. Layton’s funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.”
Layton announced July 25 that he would take a leave of absence as party leader to fight a second, and evidently much more serious, bout of cancer.