Mayor Sylvester Turner confirms passing of activist Ray Hill

- Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner released the following statement on Saturday night:

Ray Hill, my friend and warrior, has passed. Fighting for gay rights, human rights, criminal justice reforms, Ray was on the front line and helped pave the way for many others to follow. He was authentic, committed and respected.

Last week, when Ray Hill posted on Facebook that his heart capacity was at 10 percent, many of his friends had the same retort: At 10 percent, Ray’s heart was still bigger and stronger than most other people’s at 100 percent. It’s true. Ray had a heart for justice, equality and acceptance for decades, and he followed his heart into the streets, courtrooms, city council chambers, legislative hearing rooms, jails, prisons and radio stations of our city and state, advocating for his causes well before they became popular. I’m one of many people who agreed with him about his important causes now. But such positions are relatively easy to take and express now that Ray has blazed the trail. Rest in peace Ray Hill.

"I'm beyond my, I'm past my due date," said Hill in an August 2018 interview with FOX 26 News. "I'm 77 years old. I've had a great, fantastic productive life." He had undergone a third heart surgery and was in hospice care.

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