MEXICO CITY – Sen. Alonso Lujambio died Tuesday in the Mexican capital after a year-long battle with bone marrow cancer, his colleagues in the National Action Party told Efe. He was 50.
Lujambio, a personal friend of President Felipe Calderon, was secretary of education during the current administration and commissioner for the Federal Institute for Access to Information.
In October 2011 he was diagnosed with cancer and took a temporary leave of absence from his official responsibilities.
In January, he traveled to the United States to undergo aggressive treatment for the disease.
On Aug. 29, Lujambio made a dramatic public reappearance showing clear signs of physical deterioration and wearing an eyepatch because the cancer had damaged his central nervous system.
Over the past few hours, via Twitter, numerous personalities from Mexico’s political circles have expressed their condolences over the senator’s death.
“Rest in peace, dear Alonso. We will miss you a lot. We will follow your example of sensitivity, joy, honesty, patriotism and love of life,” Calderon wrote.
Meanwhile, President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto sent condolences to Lujambio’s family and said that he was a “man dedicated to the service of Mexico.”
Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard also expressed his regrets over the death of Lujambio, who was preparing for a possible presidential bid at the time he was diagnosed with cancer. EFE