Alfred J. “Al” Scalise, the father of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, has died in Metairie, according to a family friend.

He had been ill.

A native of New Orleans Scalise had been in the restaurant business in Florida before returning to the New Orleans area, where he sold real estate for Keller Williams Realty.

The family asked for privacy and will issue an obituary soon.

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