- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

KENSINGTON, Md. (AP) - Michael Mariotte, the longtime leader of a national anti-nuclear-power group, has died. He was 63.

Tetyana Murza, Mariotte’s wife, said Tuesday that he died last week of pancreatic cancer at his home in Kensington, Maryland.

Mariotte was executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service for three decades. Under his leadership, the organization updated its tactics of raising awareness by alerting members about issues via Facebook, links to anti-nuclear stories through Twitter and video posts on YouTube.

“It’s not 1979,” Mariotte told The Associated Press in a 2010 interview. “It’s a different generation. There are different styles. The whole idea of mass marches and that kind of thing doesn’t have the same kind of resonance as back then.”

Murza also says Mariotte was an early supporter of battling climate change, and he spoke out against nuclear power as a solution. While Mariotte stepped aside as executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service when he became ill in 2013, Murza said he remained active as the group’s president.

“He worked until the very end,” Murza said.

Mariotte was co-founder of an alternative weekly newspaper in the nation’s capital, which became Washington City Paper. He also was a drummer in a punk-rock band.

Mariotte’s previous marriage to Lynn Thorp ended in divorce. He is survived by two of their children, Nicole and Richard Mariotte. He also is survived by two of his children with Murza: Zoryana and Kateryna. He also is survived by his sister, Julie, and a brother, Jeffrey.

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