John Lewis, the civil rights hero and US Democratic congressman, has died at the age of 80 after losing the battle against cancer.

Civil Rights leader John Lewis passes  away aged 80 after a battle with cancer

Lewis, who was born on 21 February 1940 in Alabama, became a prominent leader of
the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

A founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he

became its chair in 1963, and helped organised the March on Washington,

when Martin Luther King Jr delivered his “I have a dream” speech.

Lewis was elected as the congressman for Georgia’s 5th district in 1987 and held the

office until his death.

He announced he was being treated for stage 4 pancreatic cancer in December last year.

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“I have been in some kind of fight – for freedom, equality, basic human rights – for nearly my entire life,” he said at the time. “I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed Lewis had died from pancreatic cancer in a statement on Friday night.

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