Longtime Clinton family friend, adviser and civil rights activist Vernon Jordan died on Monday night in his sleep at age 85.
Jordan grew up in the segregated South and became a civil rights activist and attorney as well as the executive director of the United Negro College Fund.
He advised the Clintons during the Monica Lewinsky scandal and impeachment, and endorsed both of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns.
“Jordan brought his big brain and strong heart to everything and everybody he touched. And he made them better. He was never too busy to give good advice and encouragement to young people. And he never gave up on his friends or his country,” the Clintons said in a joint statement.
They called Jordan “a wonderful friend… in good times and bad. We worked and played, laughed and cried, won and lost together. We loved him very much and always will.”