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Governor Bentley’s Statement on Death of Longtime AP Photographer Dave Martin

By Governor Robert Bentley

“Dave Martin was one of the best photojournalists that I have had the privilege of working with over the years. He has covered nearly every major news event in the South over his 30 year career. He traveled with me in the aftermath of the April 2011 tornado outbreak, and told the story of the storm’s devastation in some of the best photos I have seen. Dave was well respected by all those who knew him and worked with him, and he leaves a great legacy of work with the Associated Press. Dianne and I are praying for Dave’s wife Jamie, who is a valuable member of my staff, and their children Emily and Skip. May God bring them comfort and peace in the difficult days ahead.”

According to AP reports Martin died after collapsing on the Georgia Dome field after the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday night.

Known as “Mullet” to his many friends and colleagues, he was a treasured member of the Alabama Capitol Press Corps, a true friend and gentleman.

Robert Bentley is the former governor of the state of Alabama.

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