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Photo - In this May 22, 2014, photo, former Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry poses for a portrait at his home in Upper Marlboro, Md.  A portrait of Curry is seen to the left on the wall. Curry, 63, has died at his home, of lung cancer. Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement Wednesday, July 2, 2014, that Curry oversaw a "transformative" period for the county, with "explosive population and economic growth." He says Curry was "fearless" in advancing causes that helped Maryland's African-American community. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Matt McClain)  MAGS OUT  TV OUT  NEW YORK TIMES OUT  WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT  WASHINGTON TIMES OUT  NO SALES  MANDATORY CREDIT  USA TODAY OUT
In this May 22, 2014, photo, former Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry poses for a portrait at his home in Upper Marlboro, Md. A portrait of Curry is seen to the left on the wall. Curry, 63, has died at his home, of lung cancer. Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement Wednesday, July 2, 2014, that Curry oversaw a "transformative" period for the county, with "explosive population and economic growth." He says Curry was "fearless" in advancing causes that helped Maryland's African-American community. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Matt McClain) MAGS OUT TV OUT NEW YORK TIMES OUT WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT WASHINGTON TIMES OUT NO SALES MANDATORY CREDIT USA TODAY OUT
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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry has died.

Curry died Wednesday at his Upper Marlboro home, his family said in a statement. He was 63 and had lung cancer.

Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement that Curry oversaw a "transformative" period for the county, with "explosive population and economic growth." He says Curry was "fearless" in advancing causes that helped Maryland's African-American community.

Curry, a Democrat, was elected in 1994 as the county's first African-American executive and served for eight years.

Former State's Attorney Glenn Ivey tells WTOP (http://bit.ly/1rjjY7X ) that Curry "helped create the image of Prince George's County as a place where economic development could really take off." He calls Curry a "towering figure" who had "a great knack for closing the deal."

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