The Washington Post

Marion Barry ill at Mayor Gray’s speech

An ambulance was called for D.C. city council member Marion Barry Tuesday night after he appeared ill at Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s State of the District address, authorities said.

But the call for an ambulance was soon canceled, said D.C. fire/EMS spokesman Lon Walls.

Barry, a diabetic, took his medicine to control his insulin level, and he was eating at a restaurant late Tuesday, said Joyce Clements-Smith, his chief of staff.

Barry, a Democrat who represents the District's Ward 8, is a former four-term mayor.

Tim Craig is The Post’s bureau chief in Pakistan. He has also covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and within the District of Columbia government.


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