Ex-Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards dies; knew power and prison


              FILE - In this Aug. 26, 1992, file photo, U.S. President George H. Bush confers with Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, center, and a Louisiana National Guardsman in New Iberia, amid damage caused by Hurricane Andrew. Edwin Washington Edwards, the high-living four-term governor whose three-decade dominance of Louisiana politics was all but overshadowed by scandal and an eight-year federal prison stretch, died Monday, July 12, 2021 . He was 93.  Edwards died of respiratory problems with family and friends by his bedside, family spokesman Leo Honeycutt said. He had suffered bouts of ill health in recent years and entered hospice care this month at his home in Gonzales, near the Louisiana capital. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson, File)
            
              FILE - Louisiana congressional candidate former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, joined with his wife Trina Edwards, addresses the crowd during his election watch party in Baton Rouge, La., in this Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, file photo. Edwin Washington Edwards, the high-living four-term governor whose three-decade dominance of Louisiana politics was all but overshadowed by scandal and an eight-year federal prison stretch, died Monday, July 12, 2021 . He was 93.  Edwards died of respiratory problems with family and friends by his bedside, family spokesman Leo Honeycutt said. He had suffered bouts of ill health in recent years and entered hospice care this month at his home in Gonzales, near the Louisiana capital.(AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)
            
              FILE - In this Oct. 22, 1980 file photo, an umbrella-carrying member of a Dixieland jazz band tips his hat to President Jimmy Carter as former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, second from right, applauds during a promenade through the ballroom at a New Orleans hotel, where Carter spoke. Edwards, the high-living four-term governor whose three-decade dominance of Louisiana politics was all but overshadowed by scandal and an eight-year federal prison stretch, died Monday, July 12, 2021, of respiratory problems. He was 93.  (AP Photo/John Duricka, File)
            
              In this Aug. 23, 2011, photo, former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, 84, and his wife Trina Scott Edwards, 32, right, serve as honorary bartenders at Molly's On The Market Bar during a Press Club of New Orleans function in New Orleans. Edwin Washington Edwards, the high-living four-term governor whose three-decade dominance of Louisiana politics was all but overshadowed by scandal and an eight-year federal prison stretch, died Monday, July 12, 2021 . He was 93.  Edwards died of respiratory problems with family and friends by his bedside, family spokesman Leo Honeycutt said. He had suffered bouts of ill health in recent years and entered hospice care this month at his home in Gonzales, near the Louisiana capital. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
            
              FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2002 file photo, former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards walks to his car outside the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, after talking with reporters before checking into the prison. Edwards, the high-living four-term governor whose three-decade dominance of Louisiana politics was all but overshadowed by scandal and an eight-year federal prison stretch, died Monday, July 12, 2021, of respiratory problems. He was 93.  (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, File)
            
              FILE - In this March 13, 1985 file photo, Tom Benson, left, and Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards smile as they announce that Benson just signed a deal purchasing the New Orleans Saints for $64 million at a press conference in New Orleans. Edwards, the high-living four-term governor whose three-decade dominance of Louisiana politics was all but overshadowed by scandal and an eight-year federal prison stretch, died Monday, July 12, 2021, of respiratory problems. He was 93. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)
            FILE - Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, left, celebrates his 90th birthday with his wife, Trina Edwards, at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge, La., in this Aug. 12, 2017, file photo. Edwin Washington Edwards, the high-living four-term governor whose three-decade dominance of Louisiana politics was all but overshadowed by scandal and an eight-year federal prison stretch, died Monday, July 12, 2021 . He was 93.  Edwards died of respiratory problems with family and friends by his bedside, family spokesman Leo Honeycutt said. He had suffered bouts of ill health in recent years and entered hospice care this month at his home in Gonzales, near the Louisiana capital. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP) FILE - In this April 19, 2000, file photo, former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, left, joined by his wife Candy and his defense attorney Daniel Small, gives the thumbs up sign as they leave the federal courthouse in Baton Rouge, La. Edwin Washington Edwards, the high-living four-term governor whose three-decade dominance of Louisiana politics was all but overshadowed by scandal and an eight-year federal prison stretch, died Monday, July 12, 2021 . He was 93.  Edwards died of respiratory problems with family and friends by his bedside, family spokesman Leo Honeycutt said. He had suffered bouts of ill health in recent years and entered hospice care this month at his home in Gonzales, near the Louisiana capital. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File) FILE - In this Nov. 10, 1991 file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate David Duke, right, talks to his opponent, Democratic former Gov. Edwin Edwards after the two men appeared together on NBC's "Meet the Press," in New Orleans. Edwin Washington Edwards, the high-living four-term governor whose three-decade dominance of Louisiana politics was all but overshadowed by scandal and an eight-year federal prison stretch, died Monday, July 12, 2021 . He was 93.  Edwards died of respiratory problems with family and friends by his bedside, family spokesman Leo Honeycutt said. He had suffered bouts of ill health in recent years and entered hospice care this month at his home in Gonzales, near the Louisiana capital. (AP Photo/Tannen Maury, File) 
              FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2001 file photo, former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, standing with his wife, Candy, left, and daughter, Anna Edwards, listens to a question from the media, on the steps of the federal courthouse in Baton Rouge, La. Edwards, the high-living four-term governor whose three-decade dominance of Louisiana politics was all but overshadowed by scandal and an eight-year federal prison stretch, died Monday, July 12, 2021, of respiratory problems. He was 93.   (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)