Edwin Edwards Passes Away At 93

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Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards passed away Monday at the age of 93.

Edwards had placed himself in hospice care at his Gonzales home after multiple hospital trips in recent months.

Leo Honeycutt, Edwards' spokesperson and biographer, said among Edwards' last words were: “I have lived a good life, had better breaks than most, had some bad breaks, too, but that’s all part of it. I tried to help as many people as I could and I hope I did that, and I hope, if I did, that they will help others, too. I love Louisiana and I always will.”

Edwards served as Governor over four terms. Over that time, he faced numerous federal trials, and was convicted on racketeering charges, along with his son Stephen, two years after his final term.

He served eight years before being released in 2011.

“The thing that mystifies me is that the people of this state could be as forgiving and understanding and compassionate as they have been to me. You know while I was in prison, I spent many nights wondering what it would be like when I got out because I had such a good relationship with people in Louisiana before all that business happened and now I find out it’s even better than I thought it could be and in many ways, better than it ever was,” Edwards said, according to Honeycutt.

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