Former White House Spokesman Tony Snow DiesPosted July 12, 2008, 10:03 am in Health
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Former White House press secretary Tony Snow has died of cancer at the age of 53.
"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."
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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