Walter Jones, veteran U.S. congressman from North Carolina, dies at 76

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Walter B. Jones, a veteran U.S. congressman from North Carolina, died on Sunday at age 76, his office said, three weeks after suffering a broken hip at his home.

Jones was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1995 and had been a member of the House Committee on Armed Services, instrumental in sponsoring legislation about veterans.

Jones, who died in Greenville, North Carolina, had entered hospice at the end of January after his health deteriorated following a broken hip and subsequent surgery, according his web site.

“He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum,” his office said in a statement.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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