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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:59 AM

Mother of NYC activist Rev. Al Sharpton dies

Mother of NYC activist Rev. Al Sharpton dies

http://online.wsj.com/article/AP3b9ed76528ec471e8c6342ffa3a0ef19.html

NEW YORK The 87-year-old mother of the Rev. Al Sharpton has died.

His spokeswoman says Ada Sharpton passed away early Thursday morning in Dothan, Ala., following a long battle with Alzheimer's and dementia.

Rachel Noerdlinger says Sharpton will fly to Alabama to make arrangements for his mother's funeral after attending a rally Thursday evening in Sanford, Fla., for Trayvon Martin.

Noerdlinger says Sharpton learned of his mother's death while boarding the flight to Florida Thursday morning. He heads the National Action Network, a civil rights organization based in New York City.

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