Former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm dies at 85

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FILE - In this March 10, 2018, file photo, former Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm, left, speaks as Chris Dempsey, co-chair of the No Boston Olympics initiative, listens during a meeting about Denver submitting a bid to host a future edition of the Winter Olympics in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

FILE – In this March 10, 2018, file photo, former Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm, left, speaks as Chris Dempsey, co-chair of the No Boston Olympics initiative, listens during a meeting about Denver submitting a bid to host a future edition of the Winter Olympics in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. Richard “Dick” Lamm, who successfully fought to stop the 1976 Winter Olympics from being held in Colorado even though they had been awarded to the state, has died. He was 85.

His wife said in a statement Friday that Lamm passed away late Thursday following complications from a pulmonary embolism suffered this week.

Lamm served three terms as governor from 1975 to 1987. As a state lawmaker, he campaigned against hosting the 1976 games, arguing it would damage the environment and unnecessarily cost the state. The Games were relocated to Innsbruck, Austria.

Lamm also was an unsuccessful Reform Party presidential candidate in 1996.

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