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Former Wash. Gov. Booth Gardner dies

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OLYMPIA, WA (AP) -

The daughter of Booth Gardner says the family is very sad to lose the two-term Washington state governor whose biggest political effort came long after he left the state Capitol.

Gardner, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, spearheaded a campaign that made Washington the second state in the country to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill.

A family spokesman says he died at age 76 on Friday at his Tacoma home of complications related to the disease.

Daughter Gail Gant says the family is "relieved to know that he's at rest now and his fight is done."

Gardner's successful "Death with Dignity" campaign in 2008 ultimately led to the passage of the law allowing terminally ill adults with six months or less left to live to request a lethal dose of medication from their doctors.

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