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Vernon Jordan, civil rights champion and former presidential adviser dies at 85

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Vernon Jordan dies at 85Vernon 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.

“The nation has lost one of its greatest champions of racial and economic justice," said National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial in a statement issued Tuesday. "He was a transformational leader who brought the movement into a new era. He was a personal mentor and dear friend. His passing leaves a tremendous void that can never be filled."

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