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Tony Snow

June 1, 1955 – July 12, 2008

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Updated December 21, 2009

Tony Snow
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Former Bush Press Secretary Tony Snow succumbed to his battle with cancer in 2008. Unfortunately, Snow was no stranger to the disease. Snow first battled colon cancer in 2005, after years of suffering from ulcerative colitis, a condition that can greatly increase a person's risk of developing colon cancer. Colon cancer treatment included surgery to remove his colon, followed by six months of further therapy. His cancer was declared to be in remission.

In 2007, while serving as White House Press Secretary, Snow suffered a recurrence of colon cancer that had metastasized, ultimately leading to his death at age 53. Former President Bush and wife Laura issued this statement following the news of Snow's death:

"Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend, Tony Snow. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Jill, and their children, Kendall, Robbie, and Kristi. The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father. And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character."

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