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Mississippi U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee dies from brain cancer

Special election will be held to replace the three-term Republican

♦By Rich Shumate,

mississippi mugTUPELO, Mississippi (CFP) — U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee died February 6 after an eight-month battle with brain cancer. He was 56.

His death at his home in Tupelo was announced in a brief statement from his family:

Late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee

Late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee

“Congressman Alan Nunnelee has gone home to be with Jesus. He was well loved and will be greatly missed,” the statement said.

Nunnelee, a former state senator, was elected to the House in the Republican wave of 2010, representing the Magnolia State’s 1st District, which takes in the northern and northeastern parts of the state.

Nunnellee was re-elected last November, despite surgery for brain cancer in May  that led to a stroke. He was undergoing rehabilitation until January, when the cancer recurred.

Governor Phil Bryant will have 60 days to call a special election to fill Nunnelee’s seat.

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