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Samuel Wurzelbacher, Known as ‘Joe the Plumber,’ Passes Away at Age 49

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, who gained fame as “Joe the Plumber” during the 2008 presidential campaign, died on Sunday at the age of 49. His death was attributed to complications from pancreatic cancer, according to his wife Katie Wurzelbacher.

During the campaign, Wurzelbacher became known for his impromptu interaction with then-candidate Barack Obama, in which he expressed concerns about proposed tax increases for small businesses. He was later popularized as “Joe the Plumber” by Obama’s Republican rival, Senator John McCain.

Wurzelbacher gained popularity among conservative commentators and McCain supporters who opposed Obama’s economic policies. However, his image was tarnished when it was revealed that he was not a licensed plumber and had outstanding back taxes.

In 2012, he ran for Congress but was unsuccessful, winning only 23% of the vote.

Wurzelbacher was also known for his controversial statements on gun control. He connected gun control to historical atrocities committed by the Ottoman Empire and Nazi Germany, arguing that it deprived victims of the ability to defend themselves.

Born on December 3, 1973, Wurzelbacher served in the Air Force and worked as a plumber’s assistant before becoming involved in politics.

After the 2008 election, he capitalized on his fame by appearing in commercials, writing a book, and working as a journalist.

Wurzelbacher is survived by his wife, Katie, and four children.

His encounter with Obama during the campaign was described as spontaneous by his wife, refuting claims that it was staged.

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