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Former Marin County Supervisor Hal Brown, Gov. Jerry Brown's cousin, died today of cancer, the Marin Independent Journal reported.

He was 66.

Jerry Brown was governor before when, in 1983, he appointed his cousin to the county board, filling a seat left open when U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer went to Congress. The supervisor resigned from the board last year after being diagnosed with cancer.

"Hal was a champion for the people of Marin County, to whom he dedicated his life of public service," the governor said in a prepared statement. "His concern for the community shined through in all of his actions as a public official and he greeted the greatest of challenges with courage and humor."


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