By CBS San Francisco
Former Oakland mayor and Congressional firebrand Ron Dellums, who helped shape Bay Area politics for decades, died overnight after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.
Dellums, who was was the first African American elected to Congress from Northern California, was 82. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who took over Dellums Congressional seat, confirmed her mentor’s passing.
“It is with deep sadness that I can confirm the passing of a great warrior and statesman, Congressman Ron Dellums,” she said in a statement. “The contributions that Congressman Dellums made to our East Bay community, the nation, and the world are too innumerable to count.”