G. Gordon Liddy, the brash political operative who helped orchestrate the 1972 Watergate burglary, reportedly died on Tuesday at his daughter’s Virginia home. He was 90.
One of Liddy’s sons, Thomas Liddy, confirmed his death to the Washington Post. It was not immediately known how Liddy died, but his son said it was not coronavirus related.
A man with many professions, Liddy is best known for being one of the prime architects of the break-in at the Watergate headquarters of Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC.
The scandal surrounding the break-in and subsequent cover-up led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon.
Liddy spent nearly 4 1/2 years in prison for conspiracy, burglary and refusing to testify to a Senate committee.
He was originally sentenced to 20-years, but in 1977 President Jimmy Carter commuted his sentence.
Before getting involved with politics, Liddy joined the FBI in 1957 after receiving a law degree from Fordham University.
He left the federal agency in 1962, where he then practiced law, was a prosecutor in Poughkeepsie and ran a failed bid for Congress, according to the Washington Post.
After getting out of prison Liddy ventured onto the small screen, with acting roles in “Miami Vice,” and “18 Wheels of Justice.”
His acting career was followed by his time as a nationally syndicated radio talk show host on the “G. Gordon Liddy Show.”
His wife, Frances Purcell, whom he married in 1957 died in 2010, the newspaper reported. He leaves behind five children and a sister.
With Post wires