Former N.C. Rep. Howard Coble dies

Former 6th District Congressman Howard Coble died Tuesday night. He was 84 years old.

Coble's brother confirmed his death to WFMY News 2 Wednesday morning.

"J. Howard Coble passed away at 11:40 p.m., Nov. 3 after an extended hospitalization. The family wishes to thank Dr. Ali Hajazi and the staff of the Select Specialty Hospital in Greensboro for their excellent care. The community will be notified of funeral arrangements when complete," Ray Coble Jr. said.

Coble, the longest serving GOP congressman from North Carolina, was known for his colorful plaid suit jackets. His 30-year representation came to an end when he decided not to seek re-election in 2014 due to health reasons.