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Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson has died just days after revealing he would be taking time off to recover from a cancer diagnosis. He was just 50 years old. 

Reports the New York Daily News:

Thompson’s sudden death at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center came as a shock to the city, which was already reeling from his announcement Tuesday that he was seriously ill with cancer and was going on leave to be treated.

His family was with him when he died.

“The world lost a great man today,” his wife Lu-Shawn Benbow-Thompson wrote on Facebook. “Rest in Peace to my husband, Kenneth Paul Thompson.”

Thompson was diagnosed with stage four cancer, either in his brain or pancreas, earlier this year, sources said.

Thompson was Brooklyn’s first African-American district attorney after his win in 2013.

Rest in power Ken Thompson.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, right, addresses a news conference on gun-related violence in New York's City Hall, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. He is accompanied by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., left, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, right, addresses a news conference on gun-related violence in New York’s City Hall, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. He is accompanied by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., left, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Photo: AP Photo

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