Ken Starr, the prosecutor who led Whitewater’s remorseless investigation into then-President Bill Clinton and whose case report revealed intimate details of Clinton’s extramarital sex, died Tuesday in Houston following complications from surgery. He was 76 years old.
His death was announced by his family in statement.
Nominated by former President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Washington, D.C., Starr served as U.S. Solicitor General under President George W. Bush. He attracted the most public attention – political opponents would call a disgrace – as an independent adviser to the Clinton administration. Starr was originally assigned to investigate the suicide of White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster and Clinton’s investment in Whitewater real estate.
The investigation will expand to cover much more than its original intent: After Clinton denied having a “sexual relationship” with former trainee Monica Lewinsky, charges of perjury led to the president’s impeachment. Clinton was subsequently acquitted in a US Senate trial.
After more than four years of investigation, Starr filed a Starr report that included ominous details that would become part of the ’90s zeitgeist, including, as evidence, Lewinsky Gap’s blue dress, which Starr said had traces of Clinton’s DNA, and the essence of the matter. for countless late-night jokes on the talk show.
Starr is survived by wife Alice Mendell Starr, 52, children Randall P. Starr, Caroline S. Doolittle, and Cynthia S. Roemer, their spouses, and nine grandchildren.
In a statement on behalf of the family, son Randall Starr said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear and loving father and grandfather, whom we admired for his amazing work ethic but who always put his family first. The love, energy, sweet sense of humor and hilarious interest that dad showed to each of us was truly special and we cherish the many wonderful memories we were able to share with him. Now he is with his Lord and Savior.”
Starr will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.