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ANNAPOLIS (WUSA9) -- Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown announced his father's death on Thursday in a statement. We're told Dr. Roy H. Brown had battled cancer for several months.

Brown wrote in a statement:

"My father was a man who led by example. He rose out of poverty in Kingston, Jamaica and overcame incredible odds to become a doctor. As a loving husband and father, he worked tirelessly to provide every opportunity for his children. As a family physician, he donated his services to countless people in need of care. He always put others first. That is the essence of who my father was and how he lived his life.

"My father taught each of us that it is our responsibility in life to serve our community; to help others before helping ourselves. I can't think of a greater legacy than the lessons of commitment to family and service to the community that he instilled in me.

"I love him very much and I commit myself to a life that will honor his memory."

Friday, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley released a statement. The statement reads:

"I want to express my deep sorrow and extend my family's sympathies to Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown and his entire family on the passing of Dr. Roy H. Brown. Dr. Brown spent his life in medicine serving the most vulnerable members of his community -- honoring their individual dignity with compassionate and professional care.

Our family, along with the people throughout Maryland offer our thoughts, prayers and support to Anthony and the Brown family during this difficult time."

Thursday evening, Attorney General Doug Gansler also issued a statement, saying:

"I would like to express my condolences to Lt. Governor Anthony Brown at the passing of his father. As a son and the father of two boys, I know just how important the father/son relationship is, and my heart goes out to him and his entire family."

According to Lt. Governor Brown, a visitation for friends and family will be held at M.A. Connell Funeral Home in Huntington Station, New York on Monday. A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday at the Church of St. Patrick also in Huntington.

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