Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dead At 78
Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry is dead at 78, a hospital spokeswoman said on Sunday. The four-term mayor was a council member for Washington’s 8th ward at the time of his death.
[su_center_ad]Barry’s family said in statement that the former died shortly after midnight at the United Medical Center, after having been released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday, according to the AP.
“Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,” Mayor Vincent C. Gray said in a statement. “He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.”
Barry’s legacy will be overshadowed by his arrest in 1990 after police surveillance footage captured him lighting a crack pipe in a downtown Washington hotel room with a younger woman.
She “set me up,” Barry said, as FBI agents burst into the room.
Barry was investigated for years by Federal authorities over his alleged ties to drug suspects, which he denied.
Barry was ultimately convicted of a single count of drug possession.
He served a six-month term in federal prison but to some, he remained a hero. To others, he was an embarrassment.
In 1992, Barry returned to the D.C. Council in 1992, and represented the poorest of the city’s eight wards.
He was elected to his fourth term as mayor in 1992.
Barry released his autobiography, “Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.” a title noting his lengthy career in politics in D.C.
But that single night will be remembered after grainy video footage was released displaying his misdeed in a hotel room in the 90s.
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