Dallas Morning News has reported that two-time Presidential Candidate Ross Perot has died, he was 89 years old.
The self-made billionaire had been diagnosed with leukemia in February, the following month, a secondary infection almost killed him according to his family.
CNN reports that Perot “mounted one of the most successful third-party presidential candidacies in US history in 1992. He garnered nearly 19% of the vote and finished third behind Bill Clinton and incumbent President George H.W. Bush.”
In 1995 Perot launched the Reform Party and ran for a second time where NPR reports he received 8 percent of the vote in 1996, at the time he said of his second run, “I have no desire to be in public life, as far as having to live up there in a bubble and put up with all this stuff, you know, I think I’d rather have heart surgery without anesthetic, but having said that, if the members in 1996 insist that I run again, I will do it for them.”
Family spokesman James Fuller, confirmed the news of Perot’s death and said in a statement, “In business and in life, Ross was a man of integrity and action. A true American patriot and a man of rare vision, principle and deep compassion, he touched the lives of countless people through his unwavering support of the military and veterans and through his charitable endeavors. Ross Perot will be deeply missed by all who loved him. He lived a long and honorable life.”
Perot is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margot, their five children, and their sixteen grandchildren.
Dallas Morning News reported that a public tribute to the life of Ross Perot is being planned.
Former President George W. Bush offered a statement.
President George W. Bush on the death of H. Ross Perot pic.twitter.com/fw4n5sen7u— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) July 9, 2019
C-SPAN says that Perot had 147 appearances on the network over twenty-seven years.
Twitter users paid tribute.
Just learned of death of H. Ross Perot at age 89. He was a brilliant businessman, a true American patriot, and a generous philanthropist. From humble start in Texarkana, USA he lived and proved the American Dream. Condolences to his wonderful family.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) July 9, 2019
Ross Perot, American Original, RIP— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) July 9, 2019
Ross Perot… wha else is there to say? As a kid, he taught me it was okay to be weird— brian feldman (@bafeldman) July 9, 2019
As a kid of the 90s, when I see the name Ross Perot, I immediately think of Dana Carvey pic.twitter.com/K6L4qbOWEe— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) July 9, 2019