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I was sifting through my bookmarked news pages between college football games, and came across this story on CNN.com.  Apparently, her husband was in Tibet, mountain climbing.

NEW YORK (CNN) — Clifton Maloney — husband of U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York — has died in a mountain-climbing accident in Tibet, the congresswoman’s spokesman told CNN Saturday.

This is a very short snippet on CNN.com.  More is sure to come, no doubt.

Update:Thanks to TheOtherWashington in comments, an article from AP has posted stating that he died in his sleep after a day of climbing to the top.

Representative Maloney is one of our tireless fighters.  She's a huge proponent of Universal healthcare, among other important progressive ideals.  My heart aches for her loss, as well as the rest of her family.

May she find solace and peace in due course; may her husband rest in eternal peace.  And, may her family heal stronger than before.

Healing thoughts go out to her and her family tonight.

Update 2: I especially found this statement from the AP article moving:  

"I am told that his last words were, 'I am the happiest man in the world. I just climbed a beautiful mountain,'" said Barry Nolan, a congressional aide who works with Carolyn Maloney.

How beautiful it must have been for him to cross over with such happiness, peace, and tranquility in his heart!  Too many perish under much worse circumstances.  I hope that in time, this can be something for Rep. Maloney and family/friends to hold onto.

Originally posted to Shaking the Tree on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 03:32 PM PDT.

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