The following is the text of a statement sent at 2:18 a.m. Sunday from the family of former D.C. mayor Marion Barry, who died early Sunday:

The Family of Former Mayor of the District of Columbia and Current Ward 8 Councilmember Marion S. Barry, Jr. Announces His Death

WASHINGTON, DC – It is with deep regret that the family of former Four-time D.C. Mayor, and Ward 8 City Councilman, Marion S. Barry, Jr., announces that he has passed.

Mr. Barry transitioned at approximately 12 midnight on November 23, 2014, at the United Medical Center, after having been released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Mr. Barry released his autobiography “Mayor For Life, the Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.” in June 2014.

He will appear on OPRAH today at 9:00 p.m. EST to discuss his book, and 40 year political and civil rights career.

He leaves behind his wife, Mrs. Cora Masters Barry and his only child, son Marion Christopher Barry.

We ask that you please respect the family’s privacy at this time.

Further details will be forthcoming.