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Hillary Clinton shares news of brother Tony Rodham’s death
Tragedy struck the Clinton and Rodham families this week.
Anthony “Tony” Rodham, the youngest sibling of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, died on Friday. He was 65.
The details about Rodham’s death, including its cause, remain unknown. But what we do know comes by way of his sister Hillary, who informed the public of her brother’s death on social media Saturday.
“We lost my brother Tony last night,” she tweeted before going on to offer a brief remembrance of him.
“It’s hard to find words, my mind is flooded with memories of him today,” she continued. “When he walked into a room he’d light it up with laughter.”
Tony leaves behind a wife, Megan, and three children, Zach, Simon, and Fiona, to whom Clinton said that “he was a kind, generous, & a wonderful husband [and] father.”
“We’ll miss him very much,” she concluded.
Born in 1954, Rodham was the third and youngest child of Dorothy and Hugh Rodham and brother to Hillary and Hugh.
When the time came, Rodham went to Iowa Wesleyan College and the University of Arkansas. But he never earned a degree.
Sticking to the non-political side of things, he held various jobs throughout his life, ranging from a repossession man, business investor, prison guard, insurance salesman, and private detective.
But, of course, being the younger brother of Hillary Clinton as well as the brother-in-law of former President Bill Clinton, Rodham inevitably got involved in politics. Besides working for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 1992, at the time of Bill’s first presidential bid, and in 2008, during Hillary’s first, Rodham, who once referred to himself as a “facilitator,” used his relation to those two individuals as leverage to make deals with the rich and powerful.
This lifestyle, which would frequently get him into trouble, made Rodham a liability for the political careers of the Clintons, causing Politico to dub him and his older brother Hugh the “problem siblings.”
As an example, in 1999, Tony and Hugh Rodham were rebuked by the White House of their brother-in-law for a business venture they attempted to launch in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. More recently, Tony Rodham was caught trying to lobby for visa approvals when sister Hillary was former President Barack Obama’s secretary of State.
But family is family, and Hillary Clinton has always spoken kindly of her brothers, including during her most recent presidential campaign.
“She loves her family more than anything,” said a spokesman. “Her brothers have always been there for her, and she will always be there for them.”
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