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Mar 14, 2012 8:28 PM by Matt Stafford

Former Colorado Lt. Gov. Strickland dies at 79

DENVER (AP) - Former Colorado Lt. Gov. Ted Strickland has died.

The Adams County coroner's office confirmed Strickland's death Wednesday but had no further details.

The Denver Post reports the 79-year-old had been in faltering health.

The Republican served in both the Colorado House and Senate. He was lieutenant governor from 1973 to 1975 under Gov. John Vanderhoof, who took the position after former Gov. John Love was appointed by then-President Richard Nixon to be the director of the Office of Energy Policy.

Strickland ran for governor in 1986 but lost to Roy Romer.
He was born Sept. 17, 1932, in Austin, Texas.

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