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Funeral service held Monday for Jim King, former Metro Council president

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville community paid homage to a fallen leader Monday morning: Jim King, former president of Louisville Metro Council.

The funeral service started at 10 a.m. at St. Raphael on Bardstown Road in the Highlands. Visitation for King took place Saturday and Sunday.

He was recently elected to a record fifth term as the president of Louisville Metro Council. King had served on the council since its formation in 2003. He died Wednesday at the age of 63 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Jim King leaves behind his wife, Debbie, and four children, including District Court Judge Katie King, and nine grandchildren.

"It's a huge loss," said David James, a Metro councilman. "Jim was a big advocate for Metro Council. He was a big advocate for this city and the communities of the city, and its citizens."

This is the first time a Metro Council president has died in office.

Metro Council President Pro-Tem David James has stepped in as president until council members choose a new leader Thursday.

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