Charlie Wilson dies: Former Congressman passes away at age 70
"Throughout his extraordinary life, Congressman Wilson was motivated by a desire to serve his country and a passion for the causes most important to the constituents of Southeast and East Ohio," his family says in a statement. "Congressman Wilson served with honor, dignity and an unwavering sense of civic responsibility to the families of our region. Charlie will be remembered for his boundless energy, his honest approach, and his dedication to improving the lives of our future generations."
While on vacation with his family in Florida, Wilson suffered from a stroke and was placed in a rehabilitation center. There he continued to become more ill until he finally passed away at 2:30 p.m. on April 14 with his family by his side, the Associated Press reports.
Wilson has a long legacy in the United States government. He served in the House of Representatives from 1997 to 2005 and then spent two years in Congress starting in 2006. He lost further bids in 2010 and 2012.
"I served with Charlie in the State Legislature for six years and he was a loyal friend in good times and bad," Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern says in a statement. "An outspoken advocate for working people, Charlie never wavered in his service to his constituents or his lifelong pursuit to help improve the lives of others."