Assemblyman Frank Skartados, 62, a Democrat who has been representing a Hudson Valley district on and off since 2008, has died following a battle with metastasized stage IV pancreatic cancer, his office announced this morning.

He passed away at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement released by Steve Gold, the assemblyman’s chief of staff.

Skartados was admitted to the hospital on March 24 for respiratory issues and pain associated with cancer, with which he was diagnosed in late January, but his office only recently revealed the depth of the assemblyman’s illness.

Funeral arrangements are being made at the DiDonato funeral home in Marlboro.

Skartados, the seventh of eight children, was born on the Greek island of Astypalaia, and grew up on a small farm which he helped his father maintain. In 1970, at age 14, he arrived in New York City with his mother. Skartados graduated from George Washington High School in upper Manhattan. He later worked in the restaurant industry and eventually owned his own eatery.

The assemblyman graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a degree in Political Science, and later received a master’s degree in International Studies at the State University of California at Sacramento. He served for eight years at the New York Military Academy to serve as chairman of the Health Department.

Skartados was first elected to a two-year term in the Assembly in 2008 to represent the district that encompasses the city and town of Newburgh, Marlborough, Lloyd and the city of Beacon. He narrowly lost re-election in 2010 to Republican Tom Kirwan, who died in November 2011, spurring a special election.

Skartados won that election in 2012, and has held the seat ever since, garnering 80 percent of the vote in the most recent election (2016).