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Congressman Jim Hagedorn, who represented Minnesota’s 1st district, died Thursday after battling kidney cancer, his wife announced in a Facebook post.

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“It is with a broken heart, shattered spirit and overwhelming sadness I share my husband Congressman Jim Hagedorn passed away peacefully last night,” Jennifer Carnahan wrote in the post. “While nothing can accurately prepare you for the unimaginable pain, intense sorrow, suffocating grief and seemingly never-ending emptiness that engulfs the entire body, soul and spirit when your forever love passes away; at least we can smile knowing Jim is smiling from heaven encouraging us to keep chasing our dreams, loving unconditionally and fighting for the country.”

Hagedorn was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2018, and was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in 2019, The Washington Post reported. Hagedorn had a kidney removed in 2019, and in 2021 announced a recurrence of his cancer, KTSP reported.

Minnesota’s governor, Tim Walz, posted condolences on Twitter to the family: “Gwen and I are thinking of Congressman Jim Hagedorn’s family and loved ones today. May they find peace during this difficult time.”

Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar also posted condolences on Twitter, writing, “I’m saddened to hear about the passing of Rep. Hagedorn. He was a fighter for his constituents and a friend to so many, including me. Through his battle against cancer, he showed a level of determination that should inspire us all.”