ATLANTA - Former Georgia governor and U.S. Sen. Zell Miller has died after battling Parkinson’s disease. He was 86.
Miller's family confirmed he died peacefully at this home with his family by his side on Friday.
Miller retired from public life in October.
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Deal: With Gov. Miller's passing, Georgia has lost a 'favorite son and a true statesman'
Gov. Nathan Deal today released the following statement following the death of former Gov. Zell Miller:
"It is with a heavy heart that Sandra and I offer Shirley our deepest condolences on the passing of her devoted husband, Zell. Georgia has lost a favorite son and a true statesmen, and I’ve lost a dear friend. Zell’s legacy is unequaled and his accomplishments in public service are innumerable. Without question, our state and our people are better off because of him. But the mark Zell made in his private life—as a dutiful son, a loving husband, and a proud father and grandfather—are the ones of which I’m sure he was most proud. I was honored to serve with him in the Senate and have cherished his counsel for decades. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones, of which he had many. May God bless him and keep him."
Senator David Perdue Comments On Zell Miller
ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) comments on the passing of Zell Miller.
“Bonnie and I join all Georgians in mourning the loss of former Governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller. Zell Miller touched the lives of many as a teacher, Marine, public servant, and friend. Throughout his career, Zell Miller was a strong advocate for the value of a public education and made it his mission to ensure Georgia students had the opportunity to pursue a college degree. Because of his work on the HOPE Scholarship Program, over 1.8 million Georgians have been able to attend a public college or university in Georgia who may not have been able to otherwise. His legacy will live on through them. Bonnie and I are praying for Shirley and the Miller family during this very difficult time.”