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Retired surgeon general C. Everett Koop died at age 96 at his home in New Hampshire on Monday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Susan Wills, Koop’s assistant at the Dartmouth Institute, stated he died in his home in Hanover. However, she did not disclose the cause of death.
Koop worked as the surgeon general during President Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush’s terms in the 1980s. He was known for being a fighter against smoking and was determined to nationally end it by 2000, and he also shocked fellow Christians when he supported safe sex and condoms in order to prevent the spread of AIDS.
"I will use the written word, the spoken word and whatever I can in the electronic media to deliver health messages to this country as long as people will listen," Koop said during his days in office.
CNN reports that Dartmouth president Carol L. Folt said, “Dr. Koop did more than take care of his individual patients -- he taught all of us about critical health issues that affect our larger society. Through that knowledge, he empowered each of us to improve our own well-being and quality of life. Dr. Koop's commitment to education allowed him to do something most physicians can only dream of: improving the health of millions of people worldwide."