Fred Sheheen, ex-higher education head, killed in crash

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Posted: Jun 06, 2016 8:55 PM

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) — Fred Sheheen, former commissioner of the state Commission on Higher Education and part of a long-standing South Carolina political family, has been killed in a car accident.

Family spokesman Antjuan Seawright confirmed the death Monday. Seawright said Sheheen's grandson was hurt in the crash but was expected to recover.

Sheheen, 79, worked as a reporter for The Charlotte Observer before serving as an aide to Gov. Donald Russell in the 1960s.

He was South Carolina's commissioner of higher education in the 1980s and 1990s. His brother, Bob, served as the speaker of the South Carolina House. His son, Vincent, is a South Carolina state senator who twice has been the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nominee.