Former Washington, DC mayor Marion Barry has died. He was 78.
Reports the New York Times:
Mr. Barry died at United Medical Center in Southeast Washington just hours after he was released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday. He admitted himself on Thursday, saying that he did not feel well, although no specific medical problems were mentioned.
Mr. Barry’s spokeswoman, Latoya Foster, told the ABC affiliate in Washington that he “was just feeling a little under the weather, and you know, he doesn’t take anything for granted, so he said, ‘Let me just check things out and make sure everything is O.K.’ ”
Barry became infamous after he was caught smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room in January 1990.
The incident didn’t hurt his political career too much, he was re-elected mayor in 1994 before leaving the office in 1999.