Sunday, November 23, 2014

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78

According to TMZ, former Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry, who became nationally famous after an epic cocaine bust that did not derail his career, died Sunday morning at 78.

Barry served 4 terms as Mayor, but his defining moment for most people is what he did in a hotel room during his tenure smoking crack with a young woman as FBI barged in the room and he screamed, "She set me up!"  After serving time for drug possession, he became mayor once again.  He served 4 times in all.  Barry became an paradigm of politicians would could do wrong yet still remain popular with the electorate.  Cause of death has not been disclosed. 

A recent Oprah interview with Marion Barry will appear tonight on Oprah's Where Are They Now.