Politics & Government

February 10, 2010 4:39 PM

Former Texas congressman Charlie Wilson dies at 76

Charlie Wilson, the rowdy, fast-living East Texas congressman who worked to secure clandestine arms for Afghan resistance fighters in the 1980s, died of cardiac arrest Wednesday in Lufkin, Texas, three years after receiving a heart transplant. He was 76. Wilson's efforts against the Soviet occupation, chronicled in a book and movie that bore his name, nearly trumped his public image as a hard-drinking, womanizing politician who'd earned the nickname "Good Time Charlie."

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