BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – With news of the passing of former Governor Edwin Edwards, many lawmakers and locals are taking to social media to express their condolences.

After releasing his official statement, Governor John Bel Edwards tweeted this statement:

Senator Bill Cassidy tweeted the following:

Southern University President Dr. Ray Belton issued this statement on be half of the University:

Statement from House Democrats Chair Sam Jenkins:

“Louisiana mourns the loss of a political titan and great man. Governor Edwards’ charm and sense of humor were known around the world, but in Louisiana he was better known for his heart—a heart full of compassionate love for his state. Throughout his storied political career, the governor fought to improve the lives of Louisiana’s working people and was a strong supporter of civil rights. Famously, he showed that racists like David Duke have no place in Louisiana politics. In later years, Governor Edwards happily provided sage advice to new generations of Louisiana leaders—regardless of political party and ideology. He never stopped working to make Louisiana a better place, and he will be dearly missed. Please join me and the Democratic Caucus in celebrating Governor Edwards’ life and legacy, and please join our prayers for Governor Edwards’ wife Trina and all who loved him.”