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Former Gary Mayor Rudy Clay has died. Clay's political career in Lake County spanned four decades. He also served as Indiana State Senator, County Recorder, County Councilman, County Commissioner before becoming Mayor of Gary in 2006, and winning re-election the next year. Clay left politics two years ago because of prostate cancer. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson expressed her sympathy and condolences to the entire Clay family for their loss, saying Clay was much more than just her predecessor, but a friend and a member of the same church, and an icon in the community, who will be remembered and cherished for years to come. First District Congressman Pete Visclosky and Indiana U-S Senator Joe Donnelly also extended their thoughts and prayers to the Clay family, with both stating they had lost a friend. Funeral services are pending, but Clay had asked they be held at the Genesis Convention Center. Clay died Tuesday. He was 77.