Layton died at his home in Toronto early on Monday surrounded by his wife and children, his family said in a statement.Jack Layton, Canadian opposition leader, dies aged 61
His left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) surged to become the official opposition for the first time in May's elections.
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