Essie Mae Washington-Williams

 

 

Age: 87

 

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