Former Hawaii politician, Rod Tam, dies from battle with leukemia at 65

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Longtime local lawmaker Rod Tam has died from a battle with leukemia. 

KHON2 spoke to his former aide, Shawn Hamamoto, who’s been in contact with the family. 

Hamamoto says Tam passed away Wednesday afternoon. 

Tam was suppose to receive a bone marrow transplant later this summer, but the leukemia became more aggressive and spread to Tam’s brain. 

Tam spent decades in Hawaii politics, serving as a member of the state House, Senate and the Honolulu City Council. 

“For anyone who ever got to talk to him or got to know him, they would find that he was actually very soft-hearted as a person,” said Hamamoto. “He sincerely cared about people. He would take the time to listen to anyone about anything and I just really think that comes from his humble beginnings, from a working-class family and I know that he really embraced the role of being the voice of those who felt powerless in the community.”

Tam was 65-years-old.

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