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Long-time Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai dies after brief battle with liver cancer

Last Updated Aug 3, 2019 at 3:04 pm PDT

Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai stands in the House of Commons during question period in Ottawa, Friday, May 30, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Calgary Forest Lawn Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai has died at the age of 69.

His family has issued a statement on his Twitter account saying he passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.

Obhrai had recently been diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer.

The statement offering thanks to the doctors and nurses at Calgary’s south health campus for the exceptional care he was given in his final days.

Obhrai was first elected in 1997 under the Reform Party banner and was the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Stephen Harper’s cabinet.

He also ran for the leadership of the Conservative Party, but lost out to Andrew Scheer.

The Indian High Commissioner to Canada tweeted he was devastated to hear the news and calling Obhrai a staunch friend of India.

Even Ontario Premier Doug Ford expressing his sadness, saying Deepak was a champion of human rights around the world, and his legacy will live on.