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Republican Representative Walter Jones dies at 76

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Republican Representative, Walter Jones, from North Carolina, aged 76, breathed his last on Sunday (local time).

cited a statement on the Congressman's website as reading, "After faithfully representing the people of Eastern in and the for over 34 years, (NC-3) passed away this afternoon in Greenville, He was 76."

"Jones was a man of the people. With a kind heart and the courage of his convictions, he dedicated his life to serving his Savior and to standing up for Americans who needed a voice. He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice."

"Jones will long be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity. He was never afraid to take a principled stand. He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum. Some may not have agreed with him, but all recognized that he did what he thought was right. He will be sorely missed," the statement added.

On further information from his office, reported that the legislator's health drastically declined after he suffered a hip injury, last month, at his home, followed by a

According to Fox News, the was first elected to the US in 1994, where he represented the State's 3rd District, including the cities of Kinston, and

Jones was one of the supporters of the US invasion of Iraq-led by the in 2003, however, later regretting his decision.

"I did not do what I should have done to read and find out whether was telling us the truth about Saddam being responsible for 9/11 and having weapons of mass destruction," Jones was quoted as saying to radio host in 2015, while adding, "Because I did not do my job then, I helped kill 4,000 Americans, and I will go to my grave regretting that."

Before being elected as a member of the US Congress, Jones had served the House of from North Carolina for 10 years.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 06:47 IST