Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker died Tuesday night unexpectedly in his home. He was 73.
Walaker was battling kidney cancer, combating the disease with chemotherapy and radiation.
This weekend, local media reported Walaker was readmitted into the hospital after suffering a reaction to chemotherapy. He was released Tuesday.
Deputy Mayor Tim Mahoney told local media multiple reasons could have led to Walaker’s sudden death later in the day.
Walaker was Fargo’s mayor for eight years. Before that, he served the city for 32 years in various roles.
In the 40 years he spent working for Fargo, Walaker was a part of the city’s boom.
The city grew by over 40,000 residents during his four decades of service.
After being elected mayor in 2006, Walaker led Fargo to further prosperity, including a revival of the city’s downtown zone and weathering four major floods.
Mahoney, who will assume mayoral duties, said a meeting on Monday will discern what the city will now do.
“Denny has been like a father to me,” Mahoney said to The Forum.