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Marion Barry Released from Hospital After 16 Days

DC’s mayor-for-life was admitted on January 11 for a blood infection.

Barry in 2012. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Marion Barry was released from Howard University Hospital today following a 16-day stay for a blood infection, a spokeswoman for the Ward 8 DC Council member says.

Barry, 77, was admitted January 11, and his illness, the latest in a string of health problems for the District’s mayor-for-life, was disclosed a week later at the Ward 8 Democrats’ mayoral straw poll. His last publicly disclosed hospital stay came last April, when he was treated for a drop in blood sugar. He also entered a Las Vegas hospital in 2012 with a blood clot while attending a conference there.

“He’s doing well,” says Barry’s spokeswoman, LaToya Foster, who adds that she visited Barry on Sunday night. But Foster does not know when Barry will return to work.

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