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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 11:49 AM

Sam Gibbons, congressman and 'true American hero,' dies at age 92

TAMPA Sam Gibbons, a "true American hero" who fought at Normandy and served as a bay area lawmaker for more than five decades in the Legislature and Congress, has died at age 92, his son Cliff announced this morning.

Tuesday night, after celebrating his anniversary with his wife Betty, Mr. Gibbons "had a wonderful evening with my brother Tim,'' Cliff Gibbons said. "They sat on the porch and looked out on the bay and had a great talk.

"He went to bed as he normally does, but when he was to get up this morning for breakfast, we couldn't get him awake."

He was pronounced dead this morning at Tampa General Hospital. "They said he died very peacefully,'' his son said.


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