Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s Dad Dies at Age 76

The Democratic U.S Senate candidate from New Jersey cancels campaign events

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker speaks during a news conference on June 8, 2013 in Newark.

U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker canceled his remaining campaign events in New Jersey Thursday — less than a week before the election — following the death of his father, Cary Booker, according to a statement from his campaign.

Cary Booker, 79, recently suffered from a stroke and struggled with Parkinson’s disease. He died in Las Vegas on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. His son Cory, the 44-year-old mayor of Newark, N.J., is considered a front-runner in the special election for the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D) Senate seat. A recent poll from Quinnipiac University┬áplaced Booker ahead of former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan (R) by 12 points, the Washington Post reports. New Jersey residents will cast their votes next Wednesday.

[Associated Press]