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Charlie Wilson Passes

Posted on: February 10, 2010

Charlie Wilson

Former Texas Representative, Charlie Wilson, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 76.  The former U.S. Congressman was the man chronicled in the movie “Charlie Wilson’s War”.  Wilson began having breathing difficulty while attending a meeting in the town where he lived in eastern Texas.  The preliminary cause was declared to be cardiopulmonary arrest, and Charlie was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.  His nickname while he was in Washington was “Good Time Charlie” and he represented the 2nd district in east Texas in the U.S. House from 1973 to 1996.  The actor Tom Hanks portrayed Charlie Wilson in the 2007 movie about Wilson’s war efforts to help arm mujahedeen during the war against the Soviet Union.  Wilson helped secure money for weapons when he was a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “Charlie was perfect as a congressman, perfect as a state representative, perfect as a state senator. He was a perfect reflection of the people he represented. If there was anything wrong with Charlie, I never did know what it was,” said Wilson’s chief of staff in Washington, Charles Schnabel Jr.


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