At 4:45am.est. - Jack Layton lost his latest battle with Cancer.
Jack Layton has lost his battle with cancer, dying Monday morning at his home, surrounded by those closest to him, his family said.
Layton had recently stepped down as federal NDP leader, but had expressed hope that he would return when Parliament resumed next month.
"We deeply regret to inform you that the Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 a.m. today," his family said in a statement.
"He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and loved ones."
Layton was 61.