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.