Seven-term State Sen. Don East has died.
According to reports, the Republican senator that represented District 30 in the North Carolina senate, died overnight following complications resulting from surgery on his back and hip a week ago Sunday.
The source, an official with the county’s Republican party, asked to remain anonymous, but confirmed reports of East’s death.
“He never recovered from the surgery,” they said. “Sometime late during the night or early this morning, a blood clot broke loose and went straight to his brain.”
According to the source, no arrangements have been made at this time, but the family will be meeting later to plan funeral services.
“It’s just terrible,” the source said. “It’s very, very sad.”
East was facing a challenge for the 30th District seat in November’s election from Democrat Ric Marshall. He represented Surry, Alleghany Stokes and Yadkin counties in the Senate.
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