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Vernon Jordan death: Civil rights giant and former Bill Clinton advisor dead at 85

Civil rights leader and former Bill Clinton advisor Vernon Jordan has died aged 85. His daughter Vickee Jordan said in a statement that he “passed away peacefully last evening surrounded by loved ones”.

“We appreciate all of the outpouring of love and affection,” she added.

He served as the executive director for the United Fund, which funds scholarships for Black students, and as president of the National Urban League for ten years, from 1971 to 1981, according to NBC News.

Mr Jordan headed up the Urban League after graduating from Harvard Law School, and his advice was sought after by those on the top of government and business.

He had a close relationship with President Bill Clinton whom he had befriended years before Mr Clinton entered the fight for the presidency ahead of the 1992 election. Mr Jordan was selected as the co-chairman of Mr Clinton’s presidential transition and became a close advisor and golfing buddy to the 42nd President, The New York Times reported.

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