Linda Tripp Rausch is dead at the age of 70.
The former Pentagon employee, who received worldwide attention as a whistleblower of sorts in the scandal involving former President Bill Clinton and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, passed away this week, according to People magazine.
According to various reports, her death was not due to the current coronavirus spreading across the country. Instead, all indications are that Rausch has been battling cancer as of late. An attorney who worked with her in the past could not release any other information regarding her death.
“She fought on as hard as she could,” Rausch’s son-in-law Thomas Foley said in an interview mentioned by People magazine. “I know all the press will focus on the other stuff, but she was a special person and a fantastic grandparent who was devoted to her family. People forget this part.”
In 2018, Rausch participated in what was ultimately her last public appearance when she gave the keynote address during National Whistleblower Day on Capitol Hill.
“No matter the past, upon hearing that Linda Tripp is very seriously ill, I hope for her recovery,” Lewinsky tweeted out on Wednesday (April 8) before news of Rausch’s death spread. “I can’t imagine how difficult this is for her family.
We send our condolences to all those who mourn Rausch’s death.
no matter the past, upon hearing that linda tripp is very seriously ill, i hope for her recovery. i can’t imagine how difficult this is for her family.
— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) April 8, 2020