Funeral service held for former US Sen. Kay Hagan

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Kay Hagan

FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., gives her concession speech during an election night rally in Greensboro, N.C. Hagan. Family of former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan issued a statement Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 that said Hagan died unexpectedly Monday morning. She was 66.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Family and friends have paid tribute to former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, who died of a rare virus at the age of 66.

Hagan’s funeral service was held Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, where she lived for decades.

Gov. Roy Cooper and former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill were among those who eulogized Hagan during the service.

About three years ago, Hagan contracted a rare virus spread from ticks to humans, leading to brain inflammation that made it difficult for her to speak and walk. She died Oct. 28.

The Democrat was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008, after a 10-year state legislative career. Hagan served one term before losing to Republican Thom Tillis in 2014.

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