SACRAMENTO (CBSLA) — The father of California Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom, retired Justice William Alfred Newsom III, has died at age 84.

Justice Newsom died Wednesday morning at 9:59 a.m. at his home in San Francisco, Newsom’s transition team announced in a statement.

“Justice Newsom was a proud, lifelong Californian, a public servant of profound accomplishment and a powerful voice for individual rights and environmental protection,” the statement said.

Current California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement, calling Newsom “a longtime friend, a champion of the environment and someone whom I was proud to appoint to the superior court and court of appeal.”

Brown ordered Capitol flags flown at half staff in honor of Newsom.


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