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Vernon Jordan, civil rights activist and Clinton adviser, dies at 85

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Civil rights activist Vernon Jordan has died at 85.

ATLANTA – Vernon Jordan, a civil rights activist and a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, has died, according to a statement from his daughter.

Jordan’s daughter, Vickee Jordan Adams, released the statement Tuesday to CBS News.

“My father passed away last night around 10p surrounded by loved ones his wife and daughter by his side,” she said.

After stints as field secretary for the Georgia NAACP and executive director of the United Negro College Fund, he became head of the National Urban League, becoming the face of Black America’s modern struggle for jobs and justice for more than a decade. He was nearly killed by a racist’s bullet in 1980, before transitioning to business and politics.

His friendship with Bill Clinton took them both to the White House. Jordan was an unofficial Clinton aide, drawing him into controversy during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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