Kenneth Winston Starr was a former US solicitor general who died at the age of 76. He gained worldwide fame in the 1990s as an independent counsel.
He also served on the team defending former President Donald Trump from impeachment in 2020. also served as president of Baylor University from 2010 to 2016.
Ken Starr was appointed by the US Department of Justice in 1994 to investigate Whitewater. A scandal-plagued 1980s land venture that involved both Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Judge Starr was a dedicated public servant and ardent supporter of religious freedom that allows faith-based institutions such as Baylor to flourish, Baylor President Linda Livingstone said in a statement Tuesday.
While conducting the investigation, Starr found evidence that Mr Clinton had been having an affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.
Ken was nominated by former President Ronald Reagan for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C., circuit, and he served as U.S. solicitor general under then-President George H.W. Bush.
He also held roles as dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law and president of Baylor University, a tenure which ended in 2016 after an investigation into the school’s mishandling of sexual assault cases.
Ken Starr Cause Of Death
He died Tuesday of complications from surgery at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, according to his family.
“Over four decades I have known Ken as ‘Judge Starr,’ ‘Dean Starr,’ ‘President Starr,’ ‘Uncle Ken,’ but most importantly ‘dear friend,’ to me, my family, our firm, our clients, American justice, and world justice,” said co-worker Mark Lanier. “The world has lost a super Starr, and the world is rightly in mourning.”
How Did Ken Star Die?
Starr continued to practise law after leaving the university. He also taught constitutional law, penned several books and featured as a legal pundit for Fox News.
In early 2020, he again returned to the national spotlight by joining a team defending Mr Trump against impeachment proceedings.