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Senator Jim King has gone to the Doak Campbell Stadium in the Sky

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Jim King, the gregarious former president of the Florida Senate, has succumbed to his battle with pancreatic cancer. Obituaries, coverage here:

Governor Charlie Crist releases statement: “You couldn’t help but love Jim King. He lived every day with such enthusiasm and joy. Our hearts go out to his wife Linda and his daughters Monta and Laurie.

Mayor John Peyton on death of Senator Jim King: “Jim leaves a great legacy of service – including his significant efforts to promote biomedical research to find cures for the horrible diseases that bring suffering to so many Floridians. We mourn the loss of this great Floridian.”

Bay Buzz: Sen. King will RIP at FSU.

Jacksonville Business Journal – State Senator Jim King dies from cancer

Jacksonville News – Mark Woods: Jim King, A Picture of Dignity

Jacksonville News: Florida state sen. Jim King dies after battle with pancreatic cancer

Jacksonville Observer on how King’s passing impacts local elections.

Lucy Morgan: Career of honesty and good humor

Miami Herald: Jim King, long-time Florida legislator, dies at 69

Mike C. sent me this image after he read my headline:

News 4 Jacksonville – Former Florida Senate President Jim King dies at 69

Orlando Sentinel: Jim King, former Florida Senate president, dies of cancer at 69

St. Petersburg Times: State sen. Jim King dies at 69

St. Petersburg Times – photo gallery in memorial of Senator Jim King

Tallahassee Democrat: Friends recall Jim King’s passion for people, politics, FSU

Tallahassee Democrat: Senator Jim King dead from cancer

Tallahassee Democrat: Political legend

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