In a statement announcing Matsui's death, his office disclosed that the congressman was diagnosed several months ago with Milo Dysplastic Disorder, a rare stem cell disorder that reduces the body's ability to produce red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Victims of the disease are left more susceptible to other illnesses, with less ability to fight them off.Rest in Peace, Congressman Matsui.
The statement said Matsui entered the hospital on Dec. 24 with pneumonia.
Matsui was recently re-elected with ease to his 14th term in Congress. His death will trigger a special election for a new representative in his Sacramento-area district.[...]
"With the passing of Bob Matsui, our country has lost a great leader and America's seniors have lost their best friend in Congress," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, a fellow Californian, said in a statement.
Sunday, January 02, 2005
The first loss of 2005
It was just announced that Congressman Bob Matsui has passed away at the age of 63.