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Summit County Executive Russ Pry passed away peacefully today, July 31, at the age of 58, according to a news release from the county.
Pry was diagnosed with colon cancer in June and has been recovering since surgery on June 14. Unfortunately, a series of setbacks in his recovery became too much for him to overcome and he passed away today shortly after 5 p.m., the release stated.
Per the Summit County Charter, County Council President Ilene Shapiro, will be sworn in immediately as interim County Executive until the Central Committee of the Summit County Democratic Party meets to appoint a new executive for the rest of Pry's term, which expires on December 31, 2016.
Details regarding a memorial service and celebration of Russ’s life will be announced in the near future, the release stated.