Former US Senate majority leader Harry Reid has died aged 82 after losing a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
“Harry was a devout family man and deeply loyal friend,” she said. “We greatly appreciate the outpouring of support from so many over these past few years. We are especially grateful for the doctors and nurses that cared for him. Please know that meant the world to him,” said Reid’s wife Landra.
Reid was born and raised in Searchlight Nevada and lived in poverty with his mother after his father committed suicide.
Reid was a middleweight boxer in his younger days before fighting in the Korean war where he lost his left leg below the knee and earned a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for valor.
Reid graduated from Utah State University in 1961 before attending law school at George Washington University and worked as a policeman to make ends meet.
After getting his law degree, Reid served as a judge for the Nevada Athletic Commission, Nevada’s Lt. Governor from 1971 to 1975, and eventually elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 and represented his Nevada in the upper chamber until 2017.
As Senator, Reid served as Senate Majority Leader from 2007 until 2015 and was instrumental in the passing of the Affordable Care Act.
Reid underwent surgery in 2018 for pancreatic cancer and underwent another experimental surgery last year and was declared in “complete remission” and cancer-free.
Reid is survived by his wife Landra and five children including former Clark County Commissioner Rory Reid.
Reid has been inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame in 2001 and had recently had the airport which serves the Las Vegas Valley named after him.
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