Essie Mae Washington-Williams
Summary: mixed-race daughter of South Carolina's one-time segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond (d. 2003) who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years as the senator's illegitimate daughter of his family's black maid Carrie Butler, in which the identity of her famous father was rumored for decades in political circles and the black community.
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Born: October 12, 1925
Died: February 3, 2013
Location: Columbia, South Carolina