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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Former South Carolina Rep. Herb Kirsh, the longest-serving House member when he left office in 2010, has died. He was 84.

M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home in Clover confirms that Kirsh died Tuesday evening at a hospital in Gaston County, N.C.

The Democrat served 32 years in the House before losing a re-election bid in 2010. A Ways and Means Committee member, Kirsh was known as a fiscal conservative. Colleagues of both parties relied on his knowledge of the budget. He was previously mayor of Clover.

Kevin Kirsh told The Herald of Rock Hill (http://bit.ly/1bwVL2h ) that his father had been hospitalized Saturday after doctors found blood clots in his legs. He had been in hospitals and rehabilitation centers since a series of falls in December.

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