Former Washington D.C. mayor and civil rights activist Marion Barry dies at age 78. Barry, who was dogged by allegations of drug and alcohol abuse during his longtime stint as mayor, was a council member of Washington’s 8th ward at the time of his death, the Washington Post reports. He was elected four times as Washington D.C. mayor.
The cause of Marion Barry’s death is unknown, but his spokeswoman LaToya Foster said he collapsed outside his home. He died shortly after midnight at the United Medical Center, after he was released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday.