John Maginnis, a publisher, author and journalist who chronicled Louisiana politics for over 40 years, has died at age 66.
His Sunday morning death at his home in New Orleans was confirmed by Jeremy Alford, who worked with Maginnis on LaPolitcs.com a news and opinion website. The cause of death was not released.
In the 1970s, Maginnis published the Baton Rouge-based Gris Gris (gree-gree) magazine.
More recently his website and political newsletter were widely followed; and his syndicated column appeared in newspapers around the state.
Maginnis was the author of two books on key campaigns of four-term former Gov. Edwin Edwards: "The Last Hayride," chronicled the 1983 governor's race. "Cross to Bear," was about Edwards' 1991 race against former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
Maginnis enjoyed spending weekends in New Orleans with his wife, Jackie Drinkwater-Maginnis, after long days of covering state government in Baton Rouge and the election landscape statewide.
His fervor for politics, in fact, was overshadowed only by his love for Jackie and the rest of his family, according to a release from LaPolitics.
The release also said that "when complimented on his work, John was fond of saying, 'I owe it all to the material.' Those who knew him best, however, knew better."
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date.
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5/25/2014 11:07:27 AM (GMT -5:00)