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Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young, the longest-serving member of the House, died Friday night while on a plane heading home.

Young, a Republican who has served in Congress since he won a special election in 1973, died due to unknown causes.

“It’s with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we announce Congressman Don Young, the Dean of the House and revered champion for Alaska, passed away today while traveling home to Alaska to be with the state and people that he loved,” a statement from Young’s office said. “His beloved wife Ann was by his side.”

Young, who was 88-years-old, was currently serving out his 25th term and was running for a 26th. Along with his wife, Young leaves behind two children.

Young’s office said they “will be sharing more details about plans for a celebration of his life and legacy” in the coming days.

This is a developing story

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