Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings has died aged 84 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Hastings was born on Sept. 5, 1936, in Altamonte Springs to two domestic workers, Julius and Mildred.
Hastings attended law school at Howard University, in Washington, D.C. but received his law degree from Florida A&M in 1963.
In 2019, Hastings had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer started getting treatment at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“In the midst of this traumatizing news, I found myself wondering not only if I would survive this disease, but also if it would impact my ability to perform my duties,” said Hastings in 2019.
Hastings started his career as a civil rights lawyer in 1964, before becoming a federal judge in 1977 before he was impeached and removed from office in 1981 for alleged bribery.
After his impeachment, Hastings went on to win 15 congressional elections.
Hastings is survived by his wife, Patricia Williams, and three adult children from previous marriages, Alcee “Jody” Hastings II, Chelsea Hastings, and Leigh Hastings.
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