Reid died “peacefully” surrounded by his friends after a “four-year battle with pancreatic cancer,” his wife, Landra Reif, said in a statement.
The combative ex-boxer turned lawyer was widely acclaimed as one of the best negotiators in Congress, a conservative Democrat in an increasingly divided chamber, and who faced lawmakers from both parties with his outspokenness and his slogan: “I’d rather dance than fight, but I know how to fight ”.
During a 34-year career in Washington, Reid showed prowess in behind-the-scenes negotiations, and kept the Senate under his party’s control during the tenure of two presidents – Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama – a deep recession. and the rise of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives after the 2010 elections.
He retired in 2016 after he lost sight in one eye due to an accident.
In May 2018, Reid revealed that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was receiving treatment.