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Former state legislator Ed Vincent died Friday, according to a statement released by Sen. Rod Wright. He was 78.

Vincent represented portions of Los Angeles County in the Legislature for more than a decade, serving in the Assembly from 1996 to 2000 and the state Senate from 2000 to 2008. The Inglewood Democrat also played football for the University of Iowa and the Los Angeles Rams, served in the U.S. Army and worked for the Los Angeles County Probation Department.

Wright, who worked on Vincent's 1983 mayoral campaign in Inglewood and later succeeded him in the 25th Senate District, said in a statement that he considered Vincent a close friend and mentor.

"Ed Vincent was a great friend, and someone I respected so much as a legislator," Wright said in a statement. "I will miss him and I send my heartfelt condolences to his wife, Marilyn, and his children, grandchildren and extended family."

Wright's statement did not cite a cause of death.




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