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Wheeler, dean of statehouse press corps, dies at 67

By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel

Madison - The smell of pipe smoke will fade from the West Washington Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard entrances of the Capitol.

Dick Wheeler, a lover of tobacco and the smallest details of lawmaking and the undisputed dean of the statehouse press corps, died in his Madison apartment Friday at 67 years old. Wheeler had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure six years ago but daughter Gwyn Guenther said the cause of death was still unknown.

"Dick Wheeler was the quintessential Capitol press room reporter. He often knew more about what was going on than his sources. His coverage of state government, including the judicial branch, will be missed, as will his smile and quick wit," Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson said in a statement.

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