September 14th, 2009
06:39 PM ET
5 years ago

Former White House press secretary Jody Powell dead at 65

Former White House Press Secretary Jody Powell died Monday.
Former White House Press Secretary Jody Powell died Monday.

(CNN) - Former White House press secretary Jody Powell has died, a spokesman for the Carter Center said Monday.

Powell, 65, died Monday of an apparent heart attack, Carter Center spokesman Tony Clark told CNN.

"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jody Powell," said Robert Gibbs, press secretary to President Barak Obama, in a written statement. "As press secretary to President Carter, Jody served his country during a difficult time, and he always did the job with grace and good humor.

"When I needed advice at the start of my own tenure as press secretary, he was always generous with his time and wise in his counsel. I'll miss his support and encouragement, and I'll be keeping him and his family in my thoughts and prayers."

After serving as press secretary to president Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981, he headed a Washington public relations firm, Powell-Tate, partnering with Nancy Reagan's former press secretary, Sheila Tate.

Updated: 6:39 p.m.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. S Callahan

    So young,,,Rest in Peace

    September 14, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. Donald in CA

    A good loyal Jimmy Carter employee, RIP.

    September 14, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. DIY

    I thank God for everyone that has served our great nation. Mr. Powell and his family will be in my prayers along with every US serviceman. Thank you Mr. Carter for having the good sence to hire such a great public servent.

    September 14, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. Joe

    Jody was one of the true good guys in DC. A stand-up guy who always remained true to his principles. Too bad there aren't more people like him in DC. He will be missed.

    September 14, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |