‘Heartbroken’: Former Queensland MP Duncan Pegg has died, succumbed to cancer

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Annastacia Palaszczuk has expressed her « deep sadness » over the loss of Duncan Pegg, who only stepped down from government in April.

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Member of Parliament for Stretton delivers a speech to the State Parliament announcing his retirement….

Member of Parliament for Stretton delivers a speech to the state parliament announcing his retirement.

Former Queensland MP Duncan Pegg has lost his battle with cancer. Photo: Mark Cranitch.Source: News Corp Australia

Former Queensland Labor MP Duncan Pegg has died after succumbing to his battle with cancer.

The Stretton electoral committee member confirmed Pegg’s death Thursday morning via a Facebook post detailing the community’s grief over the death of the widely admired 40-year-old.

« Our community will remember Duncan as a tireless fighter for our environment, » his former office said in a message. “Others will remember him as a passionate lawyer for injured workers. And his family will remember him as a beloved son and brother.

“In his final months, Duncan spoke repeatedly of his great pride in the confidence the Stretton community has placed in him in three separate elections.

“He often said that in his role as a parliamentarian he got his greatest support from our local community. His greatest wish was that you would think the same of him.”

Pegg had only resigned in April after an emotional speech to the Queensland Parliament detailing his 18-month battle with cancer.

Duncan Pegg's last speech in parliament caused many tears.  Photo: Tara Croser

Duncan Pegg’s last speech in parliament caused many tears. Photo: Tara CroserSource: News Corp Australia

“So far I have been able to effectively represent my local community in my fight against cancer,” said Mr. Pegg.

« Based on my most recent medical advice, I will no longer be able to both fight cancer and fight for my local environment the way my community deserves. »

Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk released a statement shortly after news of Mr Pegg’s death was confirmed, « expressing my deep sadness at the loss of my friend », applauding Mr Pegg for fighting cancer with « incredible courage and grace ».

« He was the common thread that united so many groups in his community, » she said. “He loved them. And they loved him.

Duncan’s work in parliament earned respect across the political divide.

“He showed that politics can be a positive force. It was an honor to call him my friend. »

Mr Pegg served alongside Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Mr Pegg served alongside Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.Source:Supplied

In his final speech to colleagues in April, Mr Pegg urged MPs to take into account the views of terminally ill patients when it comes time to vote on the voluntary death legislation to be passed later this year for the house is submitted.

« I speak as someone who has been battling cancer for 18 months, who regularly visits a cancer center and speaks to cancer patients with terminal illness, » he said.

“Let’s be very clear, people with terminal illnesses don’t want to die, they want to live – they fight every day to live. Personally, I fight to live every day.

“However, if you are terminally diagnosed, you are going to face death. People with terminal illness have no option.

« I won’t tell Members how to vote (with) your conscience, but before I make a decision, I encourage every MP to make sure they talk to – and listen to – people with terminal illness and their families. « 

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