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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 15: Former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid talks to members of the media outside the East Las Vegas Library after voting on the first day of early voting for the upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential caucus at the Culinary Workers Union Hall Local 226 on February 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevada is the first caucus state to offer early voting. [Ethan Miller] via Getty Images

Former U.S. Senator from Nevada and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82. Reid had been battling pancreatic cancer.

His wife Landra issued a statement saying that Reid “died peacefully, surrounded by our family…”

Harry Reid represented Nevada in the U.S. Senate for 30 years and served four terms as majority leader. Reid passed away exactly two weeks after McCarran Airport was officially renamed Harry Reid International Airport.

Reid was born and raised in Searchlight, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas. He was elected Nevada lieutenant governor in 1970. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1987.

He retired from the Senate after his last term was up on Jan. 2, 2017.

Born in New York City but also consider myself a native of Detroit. Attended college at Michigan State University. Started radio career in Detroit in 1980. Moved to Vegas in 1989. Worked 14 years at KCEP 88.1 before getting hired at Beasley with 105.7 in 2014.