Less than a month after Jack Layton announced he was taking a leave of absence to battle a new bout of cancer, the leader of the federal New Democratic Party of Canada has died.

The party has issued a statement revealing that Layton died peacefully at his Toronto home early Monday morning, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

As Canadians come to terms with the sudden loss of the recently-elected leader of the opposition, readers shared their condolences with CTVNews.ca. Read their thoughts below.