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State Lawmaker John 'Bam' Carney Dies After Lengthy Illness

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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.