Watergate figure Charles Colson dies

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Posted: Apr 21, 2012 5:08 PM
Watergate figure Charles Colson dies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Charles Colson, a Richard Nixon White House operative who went to jail over the Watergate scandal and later founded a prison ministry, died on Saturday at age 80, the ministry said.

Colson, who compiled Nixon's infamous "enemies list" before Watergate brought down the president in 1974, died of complications from a brain hemorrhage after being admitted to a hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, on March 31, Prison Fellowship Ministries said in a statement on its website.

"It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Chuck Colson — our friend, founder, and brother in Christ — has passed away, the ministry's CEO, Jim Liske, said in the statement.

(Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Peter Cooney)