Former La. Gov. Mike Foster dies at 90

Foster, a balding, bearded bear of a man, had a blunt speaking style and conservative, pro-business philosophy which endeared him to many Louisiana voters.

NEW ORLEANS — Mike Foster, who rode a wave of popularity as a plain-speaking conservative businessman into two terms as Louisiana governor, has died. He was 90.

His former spokeswoman, Marsanne Golsby, confirmed the news to WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge.

When Foster entered hospice care for undisclosed health problems last week, Gov. John Bel Edwards asked for prayers for him and his family. In a statement Sunday, Edwards called Foster “a true Louisianan who served his country, his state and his community with honor throughout his life.”

The former governor and his wife Alice had stayed largely out of the spotlight since he left office 15 years earlier.

His absence did not come as much of a surprise for those who observed Foster during his two

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