Former governor Kathleen Blanco in hospice care

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco is now in hospice care after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco served as Louisiana governor from 2004 to 2008. (Photo courtesy of Kathleen Babineaux Blanco).

Senator Gerald Long made the announcement during the legislative session Tuesday.

After the announcement, state lawmakers held a moment of silence for the former governor on the House floor.

In December, Blanco wrote in a letter that there was no escape from the cancer that has spread throughout her body.

The former governor, who served from 2004 until 2008, was diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma in 2011. The cancer returned in during a checkup in 2017.

"Gov. Blanco dedicated her life to public service and is a pioneer for Louisiana women," said Congressman Ralph Abraham. "She exemplifies the charm of our great state, and Dianne and I are praying for her and her family."

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