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Popular Tennessean Columnist Gail Kerr Dies at 52

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Gail Kerr, an outspoken columnist for The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, has died. She was 52.

The Tennessean that her husband, Les Kerr, said the cause of her death Tuesday appeared to be a blood clot. Gail Kerr, who twice beat cancer, had been scheduled to receive a blood transfusion on Tuesday.

Kerr started working at The Tennessean as a copy girl in 1978 while she was still in high school. After graduating from what is now Rhodes College in Memphis, she returned to the paper in 1983 as a beat reporter. She later served as city editor before becoming a columnist in 2000.

Her final column, which appeared last week, called members of the state House "boneheaded" for voting to delay implementation of Common Core education standards.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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