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State representative passes away after brain cancer battle

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Rep. Elaine O'Brien of the 61st District. ( photo) Rep. Elaine O'Brien of the 61st District. ( photo)
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A state representative from Windsor has passed away after a long battle with brain cancer, state officials said.

Rep. Elaine O'Brien, who represented the 61st assembly district of Windsor, East Granby and Suffield, died Friday at the age of 58.

"Elaine was a great friend to all of us," said Rep. Brendan Sharkey, Speaker of the House. "Her beautiful smile and great sense of humor will be missed."

O'Brien was described as a great friend and colleague by many of her peers.

"Connecticut Democrats join in mourning the loss of state Representative Elaine O'Brien, who served her constituents in the East Granby, Suffield and Windsor areas loyally," said Nancy DiNardo, chairwoman of the Connecticut Democratic Party. "She will be remembered as an advocate for the children and families of Connecticut."

Others called her brave and optimistic.

"Elaine never once talked about herself," said Rep. David Baram of the 15th District. "She only wanted to know how others were doing, and to discuss issues at the Capitol and in her District."

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy advised all residents to have all Connecticut flags be at half-staff in honor of O'Brien.

"Elaine was a passionate legislator who dedicated much of her life to public service at the local and state levels, championing proposals to improve the health and safety of Connecticut citizens," Malloy said in a statement Friday. "Throughout her illness, she remained focused on the people of her district. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and constituents at this difficult time."

Connecticut flags should be left at half-staff "until the day of her interment, which has not yet been determined," Malloy said.

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