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Nova Scotia Liberal MLA Allan Rowe is shown in a Facebook profile photo.

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Nova Scotia Liberal backbencher and former broadcast journalist Allan Rowe has died.

Premier Stephen McNeil says Rowe died early Monday. He was hospitalized last month with an undisclosed ailment.

McNeil says Rowe will be remembered for his commitment to his community and his capacity for hard work.

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Rowe was elected to the legislature for the first time in 2013 following a lengthy career as a radio and television news broadcaster.

He represented the riding of Dartmouth South and was also the government caucus whip.

Rowe was born in Hamilton and attended McMaster University before moving to Newfoundland to attend Memorial University, where he accepted a position at the school of medicine.

He worked as a roughneck on the drilling rig Ocean Ranger before becoming a reporter in St. John's on Q-Radio in 1981.

"One of my first tasks was to report on the sinking of the Ocean Ranger with all hands lost, many of whom were close friends of mine," Rowe wrote in an online biography published on his constituency website.

Ten years later, Rowe took a job at CTV Atlantic in Halifax before moving to Global Television, where he spent 17 years as a senior anchor, producer and news director. He retired from journalism in 2012.

Rowe leaves his wife Yvonne, his daughter Deborah, her husband Nick and two grandchildren, Michael and Hope.

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