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EX-MONTANA GOVERNOR COMMITS SUICIDE

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Former Gov. Forrest Anderson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Helena home, Lewis and Clark County officials said Friday. He was 76.

Anderson, who died Thursday, was governor for one term from 1969 to 1972 and chose not to seek re-election because of health problems.He is best remembered for consolidating some 300 state agencies, bureaus and boards into 19 departments - a system still in place that made state government far more efficient, said Joyce Andrus, chief clerk of the Montana House.