Former South Dakota Governor Janklow dies at 72

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Posted: Jan 12, 2012 1:38 PM
Former South Dakota Governor Janklow dies at 72

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota (Reuters) - Former four-term South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow, who announced last year that he had untreatable brain cancer, has died, a paralegal at his law firm in Sioux Falls said Thursday.

Janklow, 72, said in November he was dying from a "very far advanced" brain cancer he had learned about only a few weeks earlier. He said the cancer had spread throughout his brain and he planned to submit to experimental treatments.

The former governor also served a brief stint in the U.S. House of Representatives before resigning in 2003 after a manslaughter conviction following a fatal car crash.

Janklow had been undergoing experimental treatments at the Mayo Clinic. Current South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard announced on Tuesday that Janklow had entered hospice care in Sioux Falls.

(Reporting By Ann Nachtigal and James B. Kelleher; Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Paul Thomasch)