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Lucius Walker, volunteer who brought aid to Cuba, dies at 80

September 8, 2010 |  1:22 pm

Rev. Lucius Walker, who led an annual pilgrimage of U.S. aid volunteers to Cuba in defiance of Washington's near half-century-old trade embargo, died Tuesday of a heart attack in New York. He was 80.

Walker headed the nonprofit group Pastors for Peace, which since 1992 has brought tons of supplies donated in the U.S. to Cuba -- goods ranging from walkers and wheelchairs to computer monitors and clothing.

A statement on the New York City-based Pastors for Peace website expressed "immeasurable sadness" about "the passing of our beloved, heroic, prophetic leader Rev. Lucius Walker Jr."

-- Associated Press