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NY State Senator Jose Peralta suddenly dies at age 47

Jose Peralta, the Queens State Senator who made history in 2010 as the first Dominican American in that body, died…

Jose Peralta, the Queens State Senator who made history in 2010 as the first Dominican American in that body, died suddenly early Thursday, said his office.

Peralta, 47, lost her primary for re-election in September and was due to leave the Senate shortly.

“We have no further details to release at this time and request that family integrity be respected. Thank you to all who have come out with words of kindness and support,” said the communications manager in a statement. [19659004] First elected to the Senate in a special election in 2010 after eight years in the National Assembly, Peralta was re-elected four times.

However, as a member of the discontinued independent democratic conference sitting with Republicans in the state senate, he met a primary challenge this year and lost the nomination to Jessica Ramos, who cruised to victory in the election two weeks ago.

Peralta is survived by a wife and two sons. He was reminded of Senate Colleges in twitter early Thursday.

“Shocked and sad to learn about the death of @SenatorPeralt. Keeping his family and my dear in my prayers and my heart goes out to them,” Bronx Sen. Jamaal Bailey wrote.

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