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Jack West, lobbyist and son of late S.C. governor John West, dies after contracting coronavirus

West is the eighth person in South Carolina to die after contracting COVID-19.

CAMDEN, S.C. — Jack West, a longtime political lobbyist from Camden and son of former South Carolina Governor John West, died Wednesday after contracting COVID-19, several sources confirm to News 19.

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The 71-year-old West, who is the son of former Governor John West, had been hospitalized for nearly two weeks with the virus.

West was a 1970 graduate of The Citadel and spent many years as a community leader in Camden.

It's the first coronavirus related death for Kershaw County, which leads the state with 62 cases.

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Colleagues reacted to West's death on social media.