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Mississippi Rep. Alan Nunnelee Dies at 56

"Congressman Alan Nunnelee has gone home to be with Jesus. He was well loved and will be greatly missed," his family said.
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2013 file photo, U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., thanks supporters of his opposition stance against President Obama's health insurance reforms during the Mississippi Economic Council's annual Hobnob in Jackson, Miss. Nunnelee, a fiscal and social conservative elected to Congress in a Republican wave of 2010, has died. He was 56. Elizabeth Parks, the spokeswoman in Nunnelee's congressional office, said he died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 in his hometown of Tupelo. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)Rogelio V. Solis / AP

Rep Alan Nunnellee (R-MS), who had struggled with complications related to brain cancer after being diagnosed in May of last year, passed away today at the age of 56.

Nunnellee had returned to Congress after his initial surgeries, but was mostly confined to a wheelchair after suffering a stroke during one of his surgeries.

Nunnellee was first elected to Congress in 2010, and had recently won reelection to his seat even though he was in and out of the hospital for treatment.

On January 30th, Morgan Baldwin, a consultant, told NBC News that Nunnelee had discontinued medical treatment.

"After 7 months of bravely fighting brain cancer and a stroke, Congressman Alan Nunnelee was informed last Friday that a new tumor has developed and no further medical treatment is possible," Baldwin said. "On Monday of this week, Alan came home and is resting comfortably with family. The family continues to ask for your prayers and requests privacy out of respect for Congressman Nunnelee."

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