Hawaii Democratic congressman Mark Takai dies

- Rep. Mark Takai has died.

Takai, a first-term Democrat from Hawaii, 49, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He announced in May that he would not seek re-election.

His office released a statement saying that Takai died at home Wednesday surrounded by his family.

He was a longtime lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard and served on the Armed Services and Natural Resources committees.

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