Marion Barry Crack Mayor Dead at 78

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1123-marion-berry-gettyFormer Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry -- who became nationally famous after an epic cocaine bust that did not derail his career -- died Sunday morning at 78.

Barry served 4 terms as Mayor, but his defining moment for most people is what he did in a hotel room during his tenure ... smoking crack with a young woman, and as FBI barged in the room screaming, "She set me up!"

Barry -- who was a folk hero in D.C. -- became the butt of jokes and almost a staple punchline on shows like "SNL."

But after serving time for drug possession, he became mayor once again. 

Barry became a paradigm of politicians … how they could do wrong, yet still remain popular with the electorate.

Cause of death has not been disclosed.




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