Coakley, Baker suspending campaigns after Menino’s death

Longtime Boston mayor died Thursday morning

Mass. Republican nominee for governor Charlie Baker, left, shakes hands with Democratic nominee Martha Coakley following a candidates forum, sponsored by a group that represents human service providers, at Faneuil Hall in Boston,Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker are postponing their public campaign events for the day following the death of former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

Baker had events scheduled in Attleboro, Boston, Taunton and Westport. Coakley had planned to meet with fishermen in Gloucester.

Coakley and Baker have been locked in a tight race for Massachusetts governor.

Menino died Thursday morning at age 71. He was diagnosed with advanced cancer in February.

Coakley issued a statement Thursday calling Menino “a friend and mentor, and a shining example to me and countless others of what it means to love and serve your community.”

The election is Nov. 4.

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