Chuck Colson Dead At 80
April 23, 2012 at 6:57 AM (PT)
Former Special Counsel to President RICHARD NIXON from 1969 to 1973, and more recently PRISON FELLOWSHIP Founder and the voice behind BREAKPOINT radio commentary CHARLES W. "CHUCK" COLSON died SATURDAY (4/21) at 3:12p (ET) at the age of 80.
On MARCH 30th, COLSON became ill while speaking at a COLSON CENTER FOR CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW conference in LANSDOWNE, VA. The following morning he had surgery to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain, and doctors determined he had suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage. Though COLSON remained in intensive care, doctors and family were optimistic for a recovery as he showed some signs of improvement. However, last TUESDAY (4/17) he became gravely ill when further complications developed.
COLSON will likely be remember best as President NIXON's "hatchet man." COLSON was named as one of the WATERGATE SEVEN during the WATERGATE political scandle, and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for attempting to defame Pentagon Papers defendant DANIEL ELLSBERG. COLSON spent seven years in federal prison as the first member of the NIXON administration to be incarcerated for WATERGATE-related charges.