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Tony Snow in a White House press conference.

Former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow Dies at 53

July 14, 2008 07:00 AM
by Soojung Chang
Conservative writer and commentator Snow, who served briefly in the Bush administration, passed away early Saturday of colon cancer.

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Snow died at 2 a.m. at Georgetown University Hospital, according to the Associated Press.

“America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character,” President Bush said in a statement from Camp David. “It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work.”

Snow was as a journalist and editorial writer for several publications, including the Greensboro Record in North Carolina, The Detroit News and USA Today, before becoming the first host of the TV program “FOX News Sunday” in 1996.

He worked for the Fox News Channel and Fox News Radio before succeeding Scott McClellan as President Bush’s press secretary in 2006. He had previously served in the White House as a speechwriter for George H. W. Bush in 1991.

Snow served only 17 months as press secretary, but his tenure was notable for his partisanship and outsized personality. He resigned in September last year, citing the need to earn more money than a government job could offer.

“With a quick-from-the-lip repartee, broadcasters’ good looks and a relentlessly bright outlook—if not always a command of the facts—he became a popular figure around the country to the delight of his White House bosses,” reported the Associated Press.

Snow had previously undergone operations on his colon in 2005 and 2007. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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