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Jul 15, 2013 5:53 PM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE, WESH)

Former state Sen. Henry Braden IV dies at 68

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former state Sen. Henry Braden IV of New Orleans has died.

The Times-Picayune reports Braden died Monday of congestive heart failure at LSU hospital. He was 68.

Braden, an attorney, was executive director of the anti-poverty agency Total Community Action Inc. and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. He joined Mayor Moon Landrieu's administration as director of manpower and economic development in the 1970s. A Democrat, he served in the state Senate from 1978 to 1984.

He was a founding member of COUP, which once was a powerful African-American political organization in New Orleans.

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home confirmed it was handling arrangements, which were incomplete.

Survivors include his wife, Michele Braden; two sons, Hal and Nicholas Braden; two daughters, Heidi and Remi Braden; and a grandchild.

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