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Statement from Saints Owner Gayle Benson on the death of former Gov. Kathleen Blanco

'She was a great friend of mine'

The Saints Hall of Fame has selected RB/PR Reggie Bush and WR Marques Colston for induction in 2019, while former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco has been chosen to receive the Joe Gemelli "Fleur de Lis" award for her vast contributions to the New Orleans Saints organization, announced on June 5, 2019.

Statement from New Orleans Saints Owner Gayle Benson:

"I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Governor Blanco's passing. She was a dear friend of my late husband Tom and myself, but more importantly, a friend to all of Louisiana, especially the people of New Orleans. She was a great leader for our state during very trying times and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband Raymond and their entire family."

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