Political Commentator John McLaughlin Dead

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John McLaughlin, the host of the long-running the McLaughlin Group has died.

FOX's Jared Halpern has more from Washington:

The creator, executive producer and host of the Sunday political panel show the McLaughlin Group died Tuesday morning. He was 89-years-old:

(McLaughlin) "Issue one. Deadline day for ACA."

A message from John McLaughlin's family, posted online, says the former Jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host touched many lives and informed millions of Americans.

McLaughlin missed a taping of his show this week for the first time in 34 years, too ill to appear.

In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News.

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