Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Gatewood Galbraith dies overnight
WKYT-TV has confirmed that well-known lawyer and political figure Gatewood Galbraith has died.
Galbraith has run for various offices in Kentucky including governor, U.S. representative, and attorney general.
Galbraith ran for governor this past November but lost. His running mate Dea Riley posted the following message on Facebook this morning:
“Dear Friends I have just been notified that Gatewood passed away last night. I am heading to Lexington to be with his family. Please say a prayer for his family and friends and all those who loved him. I am heartbroken.”
“”Jane and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Gatewood’s passing,” said Gov. Steve Beshear in a statement. “He was a gutsy, articulate and passionate advocate who never shied away from a challenge or potential controversy.”
According to a Fayette County Coroner’s Office release, Galbraith was found unresponsive at home on his bed by family members this morning. Galbraith had been sick for several days with congesting in his lungs and had been suffering from cold-like symptoms which had been complicated by chronic asthma and emphysema. The report lists Galbraith’s cause of death as “complications from chronic emphysema.”
Galbraith leaves behind three children.