Janet Reno Cause of Death: How Did the Former Attorney General Die?

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How did Janet Reno die? (Getty)

Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as Attorney General, has died at the age of 78. Why did she die?

Her cause of death was from complications due to Parkinson’s disease, ABC News reported. She died on Monday, her goddaughter, Gabrielle D’Alemberte announced. She spent her last days at home with family and friends.

Reno was only 57 when she was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s in November 1995, Neurology Now reported. She noticed a tremor in her hand during her morning walks around the Capitol. The tremor slowly got worse and a doctor diagnosed her with Parkinson’s. In 2006, she said her symptoms were still mostly confined to her left hand, but her hand would shake violently at times. She was always very open about Parkinson’s and willing to talk to others about it, announcing her diagnosis to the public shortly after she received it. You can watch part of the press conference where she announced her diagnosis here.

Reno served as Attorney General from March 11, 1993 to January 20, 2001. She was appointed by Bill Clinton when she was 54. She was the second longest-serving Attorney General in history.

Janet Reno was also at the center of many national political issues during the Clinton administration. She was Attorney General during the Branch Davidian raid in Waco, Texas. She was also Attorney General when the Unabomber was caught and convicted, and when Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were caught and convicted. She was also part of the leak about Richard Jewel after the Centennial Olympic Park bombing, and later apologized for what happened. She also figured into Whitewater, Filegate, Monica Lewinsky, and other cases that caught national attention.

After she resigned as Attorney General, she ran for governor of Florida in 2002, but lost in the Democratic primary.

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George Ortega

Having just read that our first woman Attorney General, Janet Reno died. I immediately remembered a truly insensitive joke John McCain made about her and 18 year old Chelsea Clinton at the 1998 Republican Convention:

“Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?
Because her father is Janet Reno.”

McCain was 62 back then, and has since apologized, but it would be so fitting for Reno’s passing to remind Arizona voters of the man he was, and very likely still is, and to defeat his Senate bid as a long overdue, but fitting, retribution for the kind of Republican crassness that paved the way for Trump to perhaps lower the bar on decency even more with his mocking a disabled reporter.

It would be such a powerful way to honor Janet Reno’s life, and so poetically just, for John McCain to lose his Senate race tomorrow as divine retribution for that deeply offensive Janet Reno/Chelsea Clinton joke.


I still don’t know what killed janet reno. What complications of Parkinson’s disease ?

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