by Chuck Carroll

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A former Prince George’s County Executive who played a significant role in bringing the Washington Redskins to Landover has died.

Wayne Curry passed away Tuesday at the age of 63.

Team owner Daniel Snyder issued a statement shortly after learning of Curry’s death.

“I am saddened to hear of Wayne Curry’s passing. He was a great friend to the Washington Redskins and his legacy lives on as part of our Ring of Fame,” said Snyder. “His service to Prince George’s County will always be remembered and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Curry is one of 45 former players, coaches, and officials to be honored on the Redskins Ring of Fame at FedEx Field.

In 1994, he became the first African American to be elected to the county’s top office. He is known for changing the political climate and increasing economic development throughout the county during his 8-year tenure as executive.

Curry smoked heavily for many years was diagnosed with lung cancer last summer. Prior to his death, he served as an anti-smoking advocate.

Statement from Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown

“Today, Prince George’s County, and the state of Maryland, has lost a leader whose fight for justice, fairness, economic equality, and a brighter future for all of our children was matched only by his passion for service and a lifelong commitment to advocacy. And Karmen and I have lost a friend who worked every day to make our county, and our state, a better place.

“Wayne Curry was an advocate in the best sense of the word: a fighter who never stopped championing his vision for a better, stronger, more inclusive Prince George’s County. He was smart and tough – a leader who you always wanted on your side. And he never shied away from tough challenges, including his final battle with cancer.

“I, along with an entire generation of leaders, public servants, and Prince Georgians, stand on the shoulders of the legacy he left behind. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sheila, his children, and all of his friends and family throughout Maryland.”

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WNEW’s Jim MacKay contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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