Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson Dies at 50 From Cancer

NEW YORK (AP/Hamodia) -
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews/FILE)
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews/FILE)

The family of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says he has died after a battle with cancer, just days after announcing he would be undergoing treatment.

Thompson died Sunday. He was 50. He had said last Tuesday that he would be taking a leave because of his illness.

Thompson took office in January 2014. His career also included working as a former federal prosecutor, where he prosecuted the case against a police officer accused in the 1997 assault of Abner Louima. Governor Andrew Cuomo directed flags to half-staff in honor of ken thompson’s legacy. “I am profoundly saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson after a battle with cancer. Ken was a dedicated public servant who embodied the highest principles of the law, and his grand presence will be sorely missed.”

Thompson is survived by his wife and two children, as well as his mother, father, brother and sister.