(PresidentialInsider.com)- Richard Blum, the husband of veteran Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, died at his home on Sunday night at the age of 86. Blum succumbed after a long battle with cancer.
Blum was the chairman of Blum Capital Partners, an equity investment company that he established in 1975. He was also a member of the University of California Board of Regents.
The passing of Blum was marked by many Democrats, including Vice President Kamala Harris, who issued an official statement from the White House.
“Dick Blum believed we could build a world that respected the rights and essential dignity of all people,” Harris said.
She described Blum as an advocate for human rights, and said that he dedicated his life to furthering a vision of improving human rights.
“Our nation and our world are better for his work,” she said, adding that she has always appreciated Blum’s “boundless energy” and “compassion.”
She said that she and the Second Gentlemen were holding Senator Feinstein and her family in their hearts and prayers.
Blum was born in San Francisco and married Feinstein in 1980, when she was serving as the Mayor of San Francisco.