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Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith, a perennial candidate in Kentucky politics for decades died late yesterday.

Galbraith was 64. His death was made public on Facebook by his former running mate Dea Riley. The cause of death has not yet been released, but LEX 18 is reporting the Fayette County coroner said Galbraith had been dealing with congestion and died in his sleep.

During the 2011 gubernatorial race, Galbraith ran as an independent against Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear and Republican David Williams. On the issues, he took positions on freezing tuition, legalizing marijuana and banning mountain removal among others.

Galbraith appeared on our program last year during the campaign to talk about his platform, what motivated him to keep running for office and why he wanted to be governor.

Reaction from lawmakers and state officials is beginning to pour in as news of Galbraith’s death spreads across the commonwealth.

“Gatewood was a gentleman and true Kentucky icon,” State Auditor Adam Edelen said via Twitter. “I’m sad to hear of his passing.”

Phillip M. Bailey contributed to this story