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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78, Celebs React

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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry passed away early Sunday morning at the age of 78. A hospital spokeswoman told The Washington Post that Barry arrived on around 12:30 a.m. and died at 1:46 a.m.  No cause was given, but he had suffered from many health problems over the years, including diabetes, prostate cancer and kidney ailments.

Barry served three terms as mayor of the District of Columbia up until he was arrested for drug charges and sent to jail to serve a six-month sentence in 1990 after cops busted him in a Washington hotel room smoking crack cocaine and groping a woman who was not his wife. He later used the experience to his political advantage and came back in 1994 to win a fourth term as mayor.  His contributions to cleaning up the city and inspiring comeback garnered him the title “Mayor for Life.”

Many celebs took to twitter to share their reactions to Barry’s sudden passing including famed comedian Chris Rock who used the Mississippi native’s crack addiction as fodder for his stand-up acts.

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