William F. Buckley, Jr., whose brilliant intellect and conservative principles inspired millions to follow his cause, died Wednesday in the study of his home in Stamford, Connecticut. He was 82. Buckley's assistant, Linda Bridges, said he had battled emphysema for the last decade, but his exact cause of death has not been reported. Buckley was found slumped over his desk at 10:00 this morning by the family cook.
National Review Online Editor Kathryn Jean Lopez says of Buckley, "If he had been given a choice on how to leave this world, I suspect that would have been it. At home, still devoted to the war of ideas."
Buckley founded the "Review" in 1955, still not even 30 years old. But he gained shining national prominence as the host of Public Television's "Firing Line," syndicated around the nation, which garnered him an Emmy Award. His writings are given wide credit as inspiring and supporting the growth of the U.S. conservative movement.
Tributes have poured in from the nation's conservative leaders. Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kris Kobach of Topeka says "William F. Buckley was an inspiration for me, as he was for countless other Republicans. Conservative principles are well established in Kansas today, in part due to the lifelong efforts of Mr. Buckley."
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