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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement on the death of Governor Lawton Chiles
Washington, D.C., December 12, 1998
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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I am shocked and deeply saddened by this sudden loss. Lawton Chiles was the quintessential public servant; a man of the people, a principled man who dedicated over 40 years of his life to serving his beloved Florida. Just yesterday, we had a lengthy conversation reminiscing about the many years he had devoted to public life and his desire to continue serving in the future.

My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Rhea, his children and grandchildren and all the citizens of Florida.

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