Politics & Government

Glenn Wilkinson, son of late Kentucky governor Wallace Wilkinson, dies at age 44

Glenn Wilkinson, a son of the late Gov. Wallace Wilkinson, died Thursday afternoon of an apparent heart attack at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He was 44.

Doug Alexander, who was press secretary for the governor, confirmed the death Thursday night.

Glenn Wilkinson is survived by a brother, Andrew Wilkinson of Sarasota, and other relatives.

Funeral arrangements are pending, Alexander said.

Wallace Wilkinson, who oversaw the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act and launched the state lottery, died in July 2002 in Lexington at age 60 of a massive stroke while suffering with cancer.

Former first lady Martha Wilkinson died in May at age 77. She was active in promoting literacy.

In 2001, Wallace Wilkinson was forced into bankruptcy by creditors who were owed more than $418 million.

The couple became Florida residents shortly after his bankruptcy. In 2002, their sons sold their Lexington homes and turned over the proceeds to creditors to satisfy loans their father made to them.