Michael Flyn, a former federal judge in the District of Columbia, died Sunday after battling prostate cancer, his family said.
Flyn had been battling the disease for the past six months, his wife, Diane Flynn, said.
He was 82.
His family did not provide any details on his condition or his diagnosis.
Flynt, who served on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1998 to 2000, was a judge for the longest time, serving from 1981 to 1993.
He served in Washington and was a federal judge for nearly 20 years, including in the district of Columbia.
The Washington Post reported in 2016 that Flynt had been diagnosed with prostate cancer at the end of 2016 and was scheduled to undergo a mastectomy in January.
A spokesman for the office of Judge Flynn said Monday that the death was not related to the cancer.
The judge had previously announced that he was retiring.
He had been a judge in Washington for over a decade, retiring in January of 2018.
The former federal appellate judge was also a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and served on multiple panels.
Flynn served as a judge on the Federal Election Commission for eight years, and on the U. S. Court of International Trade.
In 2009, he was appointed to the National Labor Relations Board.
Flynd’s daughter, Susan, said in a statement that the family would continue to support Flynt’s family.
“Our family will be praying for Judge Flynt and his wife,” she said.
“Michael is a friend, and we will all miss him dearly.”
His longtime friend and colleague, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., tweeted that Flynn “will be missed” in his “many years of service to our country.”
Flynt was appointed in 2000 and became a judge from 2002 to 2005.
He previously served as an associate judge for nine years and on a district court in Alexandria, Va., for 18 years.
He is the first judge to be diagnosed with cancer, the Associated Press reported.
He earned a doctorate in law from the University.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.