From the Asheville Citizen-Times:
N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt, a longtime Buncombe County legislator often described as a mountain populist and respected regardless of political party, died Thursday. He was 67.
The Asheville Democrat abruptly stepped down as Senate minority leader on Monday to seek treatment for cancer.
He came home to Buncombe County in an ambulance on Wednesday. Well-wishers lined Patton Cove Road in Swannanoa with signs to greet him and offer their best wishes for a recovery. He died early Thursday evening.
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