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    In this Dec. 18, 2007, file photo, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco conducts an interview in her office Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office confirmed former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state’s first female elected governor, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. She was 76.  (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

    Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco Dead at 76

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    Kathleen Babineaux Blanco served as the governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2008, the first woman elected to that position.

    Kathleen Blanco has died at the age of 76, according to multiple media reports, citing officials close to the family.

    Following initial reports, Blanco's family issued a statement, confirming the death of the politician.

    The ex-governor suffered from terminal cancer. In 2011 she was reported to have successfully battled a rare form of eye cancer, which later returned to her liver.

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