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Updated Thursday, June 8, 2017, 11:52 a.m. EDT: The Morehouse College board of trustees has released the following statement regarding the sudden death of interim President William J. “Bill” Taggart:

We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Interim President William J. “Bill” Taggart, a beloved colleague, father and friend. For the past two years, Bill devoted himself wholeheartedly to Morehouse College. We are eternally grateful for his loyal support, counsel, and the leadership he provided to students, faculty, and alumni. Throughout his tenure, Bill had a positive impact on Morehouse College and the Greater Atlanta business community. He leaves behind a long legacy of compassion, integrity and devotion. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

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Morehouse College interim President William J. Taggart has died.

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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Fulton County, Ga., medical examiner, Taggart died Wednesday night from an apparent aneurysm. Although no one in the family or at Morehouse has confirmed the death, the college is expected to release a statement at noon.

Taggart assumed the title of interim president April 7 after the historically black college decided not to renew the contract of former President John Sylvanus Wilson and the officers on the board of trustees all stepped down. Prior to his tenure as president, Taggart had served as Morehouse’s chief operating officer since 2015.

Read more at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.