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First black president of the Boston City Council dies at 67


(FOX 25 / – The first black president of the Boston City Council died early Tuesday morning at his home in Roxbury.

Bruce Bolling, 67, had fought a long battle with prostate cancer.  He was the son of Massachusetts Senator Royal Bolling.  His brother, Royal Bolling, Jr., served as a state representative.

Bolling spent 12 years on the Boston City Council, including a two-year term as president in the mid-1980s.

Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy released a statement calling Bolling a "man of great vision, integrity, and courage." Murphy added, "Boston is poorer for Bolling's passing."