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Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson dies from cancer at age 50

The borough's first black district attorney passes far too soon

October 10, 2016 Associated Press
Kenneth Thompson passed away far too soon from cancer on Sunday. Eagle file photo by Cody Brooks
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The family of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says he has died after a battle with cancer, just days after announcing he would be undergoing treatment.

Thompson died Sunday. He was 50. He had said last Tuesday that he would be taking a leave because of his illness.

Thompson took office in January 2014. His career also included working as a former federal prosecutor, where he prosecuted the case against a police officer accused in the 1997 assault of Abner Louima. In private practice, he represented Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault in 2011.

Thompson is survived by his wife and two children, as well as his mother, father, brother and sister.

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“From the minute I met Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, I was amazed at his compassion for people, his desire for fairness for all, and his love for Brooklyn,” said Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “We offer our deepest condolences to his wife, children and family. May God watch over him.

UPDATE: “Services will be held at the Christian Cultural Center, 12020 Flatlands Avenue in Brooklyn.

Wake: Friday, October 14, 2016 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Homegoing Service: Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.”

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