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The Republican National Committee Chairman Robert M. Mike Duncan said, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Paul Weyrich, whose life work was instrumental in the development of conservative thought. As the first president of the Heritage Foundation and respected leader of other conservative organizations and coalitions, Paul’s service to America has embodied and further advanced the Republican Party’s core values of limited government, lower taxes, and individual responsibility. We are saddened by the passing of Paul Weyrich, but we know that his contributions will continue to resonate for generations.”

The Heritage Foundation’s blog Thursday stated: “Weyrich was a good friend to many of us at Heritage, a true leader and a man of unbending principle. He won Heritage’s prestigious Clare Boothe Luce Award in 2005.

“Weyrich will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, including son Steve, who currently works at Heritage.”

Survivors include Mr. Weyrich’s wife, the former Joyce Anne Smigun, several children and grandchildren.

Staff writers Ralph Z. Hallow and Jon Ward contributed to this article.