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Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, right, accompanied by former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler, meets reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday May 19,1998 to discuss tobacco legislation and product liability protection. A fleeing spirit of bipartisanship on tobacco legislation exploded on the Senate floor Tuesday when Democrats discovered the Republican leaders wanted to scrap price supports that help tobacco farmers. (AP Photo/William Philpott)

Ex-surgeon general C. Everett Koop dies

February 25, 2013

C. Everett Koop, who raised the profile of the surgeon general

by riveting America's attention on the then-emerging disease known as

AIDS and by railing against smoking, died Feb. 25 in New Hampshire. He

was 96.