Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. John Murtha died Monday at age 77. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)
(CNN) - Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a longtime fixture on the House subcommittee that oversees Pentagon spending, died Monday following complications from gallbladder surgery, according to a statement from his office.
He was 77.
The veteran Democratic congressman recently underwent scheduled laparoscopic surgery to remove his gallbladder.
Murtha was hospitalized in December and had to postpone a hearing with Defense Secretary Robert Gates on the administration's strategy in Afghanistan.
The congressman returned to work after a few days in the hospital and helped oversee final passage of the 2010 defense appropriations bill.
Murtha represented Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district in the House since 1974, making him the chamber's eighth most senior member. According to his biography on the House Web site, Murtha was the first Vietnam War combat veteran elected to Congress.
Not a fan of his politics but he was a patriot who served congress doing what he believed was right for this country and his state. He was also a veteran. RIP.
that is sad. Prayers are with murtha and his family.
May he rest in peace!
one down, 323 more to go.
God have mercy on his soul.
But I think Hell just got a little more crowded.
OMG... God help us.. I think the governor of PA is a Republican which means he will appoint a republican to replace him. One more Republican to obstruct any business being completed in Washington..
At least it is in the House...
Karma....after all his shady deals...wonder who took him...
wikipedia has already been changed to reflect this, and it's only been 8 minutes.
While so might have not liked this man he was a military hero and needs to be remember for that.
RIP, Representative Murtha!
Hope he rots in hell.
Murtha wasn't a John McCain, he stoodup for Veterans and let us never forget. God bless his family, he's a true HERO.
Rest in Peace fine Gentleman!!
Rest In Paradise Congressman Murtha. Thank You for your service to our country.
king of pork
A great American and a dedicated public servant. His crucial legislative voting record reflect not only the needs of his district, but also the needs of Pennsylvania and the country. An individual who was never afraid to vote for what was right. Even though he had already announced that he was not going to run in his district again......he continued to support what was for the good of our nation and never said "NO" unless the was an alternative..
Once a Marine-Always a Marine, his new duty station is guarding the pearly gates of Heaven, rest in peace my brother.
Rest in peace sir and thanks for everything your life accomplished for the free world.
While I did not agree with your politics, thank you for your service to our country Marine and may you rest in peace!
God bless his soul.
My prayers go out to Mr. Murtha's family at this very difficult time.
We've lost a great statesman today. Condolences to family, friends, and staffers.