John Murtha Dies

Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a longtime fixture on the House subcommittee that oversees Pentagon spending, died after complications from gallbladder surgery, according to his office.

He was 77.

The Democratic congressman recently underwent scheduled laparoscopic surgery at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to remove his gallbladder. The procedure was "routine minimally invasive surgery," but doctors "hit his intestines," a source close to the late congressman told CNN.

U.S. Rep. John Patrick Murtha Jr., the former Marine and businessman who saw the region through flood and economic upheavals, died Monday at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va.

The 77-year-old Democrat underwent gallbladder surgery on Jan. 28 at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., but developed an infection and other complications.

A native of West Virginia, Murtha grew up in Westmoreland County, but came to Johns-town and opened a car wash in 1956 on Somerset Street.

Rep. John Murtha, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran and critic of the Iraq war, died Monday of complications from gall bladder surgery. He was 77.

The Pennsylvania lawmaker was the top Democrat on the panel that oversees Pentagon spending. He completed his 36th year in Congress last week. Murtha's death leaves House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., without a key ally on defense and foreign policy issues. It also puts another Democratic congressional seat up for grabs in a year when President Obama's party is struggling to maintain its 78-vote edge in the House.