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State Lawmaker John 'Bam' Carney Dies After Lengthy Illness

Kentucky’s former House Majority Leader John “Bam” Carney has died after battling an illness since late 2019. He was 51.

According to a family statement posted by Mark Carney on Facebook, John Carney “passed peacefully” Saturday at the University of Kentucky medical center.  Carney was a Republican from Taylor County and had served in the Kentucky House of Representatives since 2009. In late 2019, Carney began receiving treatment for a severe case of pancreatitis and infection. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. He spent more than a 100 days in the hospital in 2020.