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