VICTORIA - Pat Horgan, the brother of B.C. Premier John Horgan, has died following a long battle with cancer at the age of 71.
The premier's office issued a statement Thursday expressing sadness at the death of Pat Horgan on Jan. 6.
A service will be held next month in Port McNeill.
Premier Horgan has previously referred to his brother as a father-figure who took on many family duties following their father's death when the premier was 18 months old.
Horgan was often at his brother's bedside in off-hours during last year's spring election campaign.
The premier became publicly emotional about his brother's terminal illness on several occasions, with the most recent being in last month's announcement of the government's decision to complete construction of the Site C dam.