WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings has died at the age of 84, his office said on Tuesday, further narrowing the party’s majority in the lower chamber of Congress. 

  Hastings, a former judge and civil rights activist, has served 15 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives in a Florida district that now includes parts of Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and the area around Lake Okeechobee, his website said. 

  He most recently won his seat with 78.7% of the vote. 

  In January 2019, Hastings said he was diagnosed and receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer. 

  His death leaves a sixth vacancy in the House of Representatives, which Democrats would now control with 218 seats, against Republicans’ 211, according to a tally by the House press office. 

  (Reporting by Susan Heavey and Makini Brice; Editing by Bernadette Baum, Kirsten Donovan) 

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