Former Rep. Charlie Wilson dies

Congressman immortalized in "Charlie Wilson's War" was 76

By Alex Koppelman

Published February 10, 2010 8:20PM (EST)

FILE - In this Saturday, April 26, 2008 picture, former Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson speaks at the Annual Dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association in Washington. According to a hospital spokesperson, Wilson, 76, died in Lufkin, Texas on Wednesday, Feb 10, 2009. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari) (Associated Press)
FILE - In this Saturday, April 26, 2008 picture, former Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson speaks at the Annual Dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association in Washington. According to a hospital spokesperson, Wilson, 76, died in Lufkin, Texas on Wednesday, Feb 10, 2009. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari) (Associated Press)

Former Rep. Charlie WIlson, D-Texas, has died. He was 76.

Wilson served in the House of Representatives from 1973 to 1997. He had a second burst of fame after "Charlie Wilson's War," a book about the role he played in getting U.S. support for Afghans fighting against the Soviets, was published in 2003. In 2007, the book was turned into a movie in which Tom Hanks played the congressman.

In 2008, Salon's Andrew O'Hehir interviewed Wilson; you can read that here.


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