Lizette Parker, who was elected mayor of Teaneck, N.J., in 2014, making her the first African-American woman to become mayor in New Jersey's Bergen County, died Sunday at the age of 44, the New York Post reports.
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According to the report, Parker was hospitalized for respiratory issues and passed away at the Holy Name Medical Center.
“Mayor Parker was a strong leader, public advocate and a consummate professional, who was greatly respected by her colleagues and the community,” Teaneck Township Manager William Broughton said in a statement, according to the Post.
Parker is survived by her husband, Tony, and their young daughter.
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