Congressman Murtha Dead at 77 From Surgery Complications

February 8, 2010

(ChattahBox)—John Murtha, Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania, has died today at the age of 77, after reported complications from gallbladder surgery. Rep. Murtha’s service in the House of Representatives spanned two decades. He was a retired marine officer and veteran of the Vietnam War. Murtha was also a vocal critic of the Iraq War.

Murther was the chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees Pentagon spending. He was first elected to the House in February 1974. A statement from the congressman’s office said that he died peacefully at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington with his family by his side.

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