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Former Wash. Gov. Booth Gardner Dies

Former two-term Washington Gov. Booth Gardner has died after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 76.

Family spokesman Ron Dotzauer says Gardner died Friday night in his Tacoma home.

The state’s 19th governor was the millionaire heir to the Weyerhaeuser timber fortune. He led the state from 1985 to 1993 following terms as Pierce County executive, state senator and business school dean.

The two-term Democratic governor spearheaded a campaign that made Washington the second state in the country to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill.

In 2008, he led the “Death with Dignity” campaign that resulted in the passage of a controversial state law that mirrored one that had been in place in Oregon since 1997.

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