Ex-Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards dies; knew power and prison

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2001 file photo, former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, standing with his wife, Candy, left, and daughter, Anna Edwards, listens to a question from the media, on the steps of the federal courthouse in Baton Rouge, La. Edwards, the high-living four-term governor whose three-decade dominance of Louisiana politics was all but overshadowed by scandal and an eight-year federal prison stretch, died Monday, July 12, 2021, of respiratory problems. He was 93. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)


NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards has died. A family spokesman says the high-living four-term governor who served Louisiana through boom times and financial woes died Monday morning of respiratory problems. The Democrat dominated Louisiana politics for three decades, his tenure overshadowed by an eight-year stretch in federal prison. He was convicted of corruption in a riverboat licensing scheme. He left prison in 2011 with his characteristic wit still on display at age 83. He soon married his third wife, Trina, a prison pen-pal 50 years his junior, and their son is now 7. Edwards entered hospice care this month at his home in Gonzalez, outside Baton Rouge. He was 93.