Former Johnson administration Attorney General Ramsey Clark has died at the age of 93, the Hill reported on Sunday afternoon.
According to the Associated Press, family members confirmed Clark died in his Manhattan home on Friday. A cause of death was not disclosed.
Clark made a name for himself as a progressive hero both during his tenure in the Johnson administration and later as a civil rights attorney for several high-profile cases.
Notable accomplishments during his time in the Johnson administration include supervising the drafting of the 1968 Civil Rights Act, ordering a moratorium on federal executions, and using his position to prevent housing and employment discrimination.
Among Clark’s famous clients are former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in a post-Iraq war trial prior to his execution and former concentration camp guard facing battling extradition from the U.S.
Clark also made it a point to support anti-war activists, working as a defense attorney for several after his tenure as attorney general and founding an anti-war organization called the International Action Center.
“The progressive legal community has lost its elder dean and statesman,” said Ron Kuby, a New York-based civil rights attorney after the news of Clark’s death broke. “Over many generations, Ramsey Clark was a principled voice, conscience and a fighter for civil and human rights.”