BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Former Prince George’s County Executive Wayne Curry has died.

Curry died at his Upper Marlboro home Tuesday at the age of 63.

In 1994, he became the first African-American to be elected to the county’s top office and is known for changing the political climate and increasing economic development during his eight-year tenure as executive.

Curry was diagnosed with lung cancer last summer and right up to his death, he served as an anti-smoking advocate.

Democratic Lt. Governor Anthony Brown said in a statement Wednesday that the county has lost a leader who fought “for justice, fairness, economic equality, and a brighter future for all of our children.” Brown says Curry had “a passion for service and a lifelong commitment to advocacy.”

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