- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

RANSON, W.Va. (AP) - Longtime Ranson Mayor David Hamill has died of cancer. He was 71.

City Manager Andy Blake and Ranson deputy mayor Duke Pierson announced in separate statements that Hamill died on Friday.

Hamill was in his 29th year as mayor.

Pierson will become acting mayor until Ranson’s next municipal election in 2017.

Media outlets report that Hamill was diagnosed with cancer of the liver bile duct more than a year ago. Hamill issued a public letter last month in which he said his health was deteriorating.

City officials say that funeral arrangements are pending.

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