Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman said Boozer was one of the state's great ambassadors. Boozer worked on a number of educational programs with Heineman's wife, Sally Ganem. He was particularly interested in helping young African-Americans achieve their goals, Heineman said.
"He never forgot where he came from," the governor said.
Ella Boozer said her husband had been in good health before he fell ill while having dinner with friends on Friday evening. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where the aneurysm was discovered. Ella Boozer said she and her son decided to take him off life support Saturday afternoon.
Funeral arrangements were pending.
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