Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier passes away at 89

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HOUSTON, Tx. - Houston lost a legend, Saturday.  Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier passed away at 89 years old.

A lifelong Democrat from Baytown, Lanier came from modest means, but rose to become one of Houston’s elite.

His passion for Houston sports and cleaning up our city`s streets are known to most Houstonians.

Mayor Annise Parker issued a statement saying, in part:

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mayor Bob Lanier. He was a strong, popular leader who left a lasting mark on this city..... He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Elyse and the entire Lanier family.

State Representative Sylvester Turner also shared his sentiments:

My prayers are with Mayor Lanier’s family and friends. The city of Houston is indebted to him for his service.

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