Hector Figueroa, a prominent and influential labor leader in New York and national politics died Thursday evening, 32BJ SEIU, the labor union he led, announced in a statement.

“For those of us who have worked with him to further the well-being of our members and working people everywhere, and felt his personal and principled concern for our members, our staff and others this is a devastating loss,” the union said in a statement. “In his many years of service to our union, to the labor movement, and to our communities, he consistently joined together a clear vision about the empowerment of working people with compassion and energy.”

Figueroa was a prominent voice in issue advocacy on immigrant rights as well as economic matters, like boosting the state’s minimum wage to $15.

Figueroa became 32BJ president in 2012, representing workers in service industries that include window cleaners, airport workers, doormen, security officers and maintenance workers.

“Hector also stood up for progressive values and used his position to advocate for immigrant rights, environmental protection, expanded voting rights, and racial, social and economic justice,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

“Hector Figueroa was more than a political ally, he was a dear friend, and I am deeply saddened by his untimely passing. My thoughts are with his family, especially his wife Deidre and his children, Eric and Elena, and all those who loved Hector. I hope that his memory will be a blessing and inspiration for us all to continue his work building a better state and nation.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Figueroa a champion for working class people.

“I am beyond heartbroken to learn of the sudden passing of Héctor Figueroa – a towering figure in politics and a hero of the labor community who did untold good for the working people of this state and this nation,” he said.