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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The former Democratic governor's eldest son, Bill Teasdale, tells The Associated Press that his father died of complications from pneumonia shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday at a Kansas City, Missouri, hospice center. He says his father was surrounded by family when he passed away.

Joe Teasdale earned the nickname "Walking Joe" for his treks covering 1,000 miles across the state over two years during his nearly victorious primary election campaign in 1972.

He defeated Republican Gov. Christopher S. Bond in 1976 and served as Missouri's governor until 1981, when Bond took back the seat.

Teasdale was seen as approachable during his time as governor.

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