Eric Connerly Data News Weekly Contributor
Edwin Edwards, who was a 4-term Governor, died on July 12, 2021, at age 93, according to a statement from current Gov. John Bel Edwards.
“Edwin was a larger-than-life figure known for his wit and charm, but he will be equally remembered for being a compassionate leader who cared for the plight of all Louisianans,” the statement said. The statement did not cite a cause of death.
Edwards, a Democrat, announced July 5th that he had entered hospice care after suffering respiratory problems for several years, according to media reports.
During his long and colorful life Edwards built a political machine that helped champion African American causes throughout the state.
Today as the infrastructure spending is being debated, Edwards, while in office he funded schools roads, bridges, and hospitals.
Throughout his life he was a bridge builder, bringing many varied interests to the table to get things done.
As of press time no announcement has been made about his funeral arrangements and other services celebrating his life.
Former Governor Edwin Edwards passed away at 93. He was a transformational figure creating policies that assisted all the people of the state including African Americans.