Lithuania's conservative MP Rokas Žilinskas passed away in the Vilnius University's Santaros Clinic after a complicated disease, Gabrielius Landsbergis, the head of the conservative Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats, confirmed to BNS.
Rokas Žilinskas
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Born in July of 1972, he graduated from then 27 th secondary school in Vilnius in 1990 and later studied journalism at the Vilnius University's for six years.

He also studied at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and the European Center of Journalism.

In 1991-1992, Žilinskas worked as a foreign news editor at Vilniaus Laikraštis, worked at the national television in 1992-1998 and was the news anchor and foreign news editor on LNK television in 1998-2008.

He was first elected to the parliament in 2008 as candidate of then National Resurrection Party of Arūnas Valinskas and joined the political group of the conservatives in 2011.

Late MP Žilinskas was special figure in politics

Active performance and openness made MP Rokas Žilinskas a special example on Lithuania's political arena.

"It is an enormous tragedy for the family – my condolences first of all go to the family and relatives, as well as those who worked together. Speaking about the individual, my first impression was that he was a person of culture, always speaking clearly, a master of word, consistent and courageous," the parliamentary speaker told BNS.

He applauded Žilinskas' openness in his stance about homosexuality, as well as the lengths he walked to overcome alcohol addiction.

"You all know his confessions to the society, the first and the second one, we owe him respect for being an example and probably the first example in politics who went public with the truth. Regardless of him being in opposition, he was always engaged in consistent work," Pranckietis added.

In a public message of condolences, he emphasized that Žilinskas would be remembered as an unusually talented and dedicated journalist, also an active MP with multiple interests.

Žilinskas also won mandates in 2012 and 2016.

Žilinskas is also the first parliamentarian to openly come out as gay. In 2010, he took part in the first LGBT parade in Vilnius.

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