Louisville Metro Council President Jim King died at age 63 late Wednesday night after battling an undisclosed illness since last November.
King was just re-elected to his fifth term last week, during a Council meeting which he missed. Council Spokesman Tony Hyatt said that this is the first time that such a situation has occurred, so it is unclear at this point who will succeed King at the helm of the Metro Council.
King was first elected to serve as Councilman for District 10 in November, 2004 and took his oath of office in January, 2005 and was first elected President of the Council in 2008. He was also Chair of the Committee on Committees and the Committee of the Whole and, as President, he served as an ex-officio member of all Metro Council Committees.
King was also head of King Southern Bank as well as the father of 30th District Court judge Katie King.
Funeral arrangements are pending.