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Church spokesman: Top-ranking Mormon leader L. Tom Perry dies from cancer at age 92

A top-ranking Mormon leader, 92-year-old L. Tom Perry, has died from cancer.

Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement that Perry died Saturday at his home in Salt Lake City.

Perry was diagnosed with cancer in late April. He began receiving radiation treatment and briefly returned to work as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a high-level governing body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

But on May 29, church officials announced the cancer had spread aggressively.

Perry is the second-most senior member of the quorum, having been chosen for the council in 1974.

A replacement will be chosen by Church President Thomas S. Monson.