Politics & Government
4:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Basnight Has Lou Gehrig's Disease

Former Senate leader Marc Basnight has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Jessica Jones: 64-year-old Marc Basnight stepped down after 26 years of service as a state senator last January, citing health reasons. At the time he said doctors hadn't figured out why he was having speech and balance problems. Basnight acknowledged the diagnosis in an interview with the North Carolina Coastal Federation. Manteo mayor Jamie Daniels says it's heartbreaking to know the former Democratic Senate leader has the neuromuscular disease.

Jamie Daniels: He's always just such a friendly, warm character, he's just one of the greatest guys you'll ever meet.

Lou Gehrig's disease affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. Scientists have not found a cure yet.