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Jack Layton has died

Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party, has died at the age of 61.

CBC News interrupted its radio service at about 5:48 a.m. to announce Layton's death.

A report in The Globe and Mail said Layton died at 4:45 a.m., surrounded by his family.

The Star posted a long obituary on its website.

On Twitter, RIP Jack Layton was at the top of the Trending list by midmorning.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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