Former Kentucky Republican governor Louie B. Nunn, a fierce competitor who oversaw a revamping of Kentucky's mental-health care system and the outlawing of housing discrimination, has died. He was 79. Nunn collapsed Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, of an apparent heart attack at his home in Versailles, about 60 miles east of Louisville, County Coroner Steve Ward said. Elected in 1967, Nunn was the state's last Republican governor before Gov. Ernie Fletcher was elected in November. Nunn was a defining figure in Kentucky politics who asked no quarter on the campaign trail and gave none.
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