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.
BREAKING: Fmr. Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has died, according to her family. Blanco has been battling cancer. She was the first female Governor of Louisiana, & was in office during Hurricane Katrina. She chose to not run for a 2nd term. Family statement below: pic.twitter.com/jrGFlcKkUC— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) August 18, 2019
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.