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Former White House Spokesman Tony Snow Dies

Posted July 12, 2008, 10:03 am in Health
Credit Growing Bolder

Former White House press secretary Tony Snow has died of cancer at the age of 53.

Tony Snow blows kisses to reporters at his final White House press briefing.Zoom In
He left his post at the White House in September 2007 to head out to the lecture circuit saying he wanted to make more money for his family. He was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2005. After his colon was removed, his doctors said he was in remission. But the cancer returned in early 2007.

"Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend Tony Snow," President George W. Bush said on Saturday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Jill, and their children Kendall, Robbie and Kristi. The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father. And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character. All of us here at the White House will miss Tony, as will the millions of Americans he inspired with his brave struggle against cancer."

When he left the White House last year, he told reporters at his final press conference that he felt great and called the job "the most fun I've ever had."

President George W. Bush announces that Dana Perino will replace retiring Tony Snow as White House press secretary.Zoom In
Before joining the Bush Administration, Snow anchored "Fox News Sunday" and "The Tony Show Show" on Fox Radio. Before that, he also worked in the first administration of George H.W. Bush, serving as chief speech writer and deputy assistant to the president on media affairs.

Snow was born in Kentucky and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. CNN reports that his mother died of colon cancer at the age of 38 when he was just 17.

"It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work. His colleagues will cherish memories of his energetic personality and relentless good humor," the president also said on Saturday.

Since leaving the White House, Snow had been a fixture on the lecture circuit and he recently joined CNN as a conservative commentator.


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