Former U.S. Senator Dies

Former North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan has reportedly died at the age of 66.

Hagan was reportedly diagnosed with encephalitis in 2016 after she was bitten by a tick in Washington. The illness led to a months-long hospitalization and was later diagnosed to have been caused by the Powassan virus. In June, Hagan made a rare public appearance at a groundbreaking ceremony for an air traffic control tower in the state, but had significant speaking issues and walking difficulties.

Hagan, a Democrat, served in the Senate from 2009 to 2015 after defeating Elizabeth Dole. She lost her reelection bid in November 2014 to Republican Sen. Thom Tillis.

Source: Kay Hagan, a former North Carolina senator, dead at 66 – CNNPolitics

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