Kenneth Starr, a former federal appellate judge and a prominent attorney whose criminal investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Whitewater scandal uncovered the 42nd president’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, which led to the president’s impeachment, died Tuesday. He was  76 years old.

Starr has reportedly died of complications from surgery at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston.

Starr became well known for his role as independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation into the Clintons. The investigation started out focusing on real estate investments. It ended with Clinton’s impeachment after the House charged him with perjury and obstruction of justice for lying about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

The media coverage of the scandal made Starr a household name.

Monica Lewinsky posted on Twitter:

as i’m sure many can understand, my thoughts about ken starr bring up complicated feelings… but of more importance, is that i imagine it’s a painful loss for those who love him.

Mark R. Levin posted on Twitter:

America just lost a tremendous patriot.  And I lost a wonderful friend.  I just learned that Ken Starr passed away today.  News reports indicate it was due to complications from surgery.  What a truly great loss to the nation.

Starr documented Bill Clinton’s encounters with the then-White House intern in the Starr report, which came out in the summer of 1998. The Republican-controlled House quickly impeached Clinton on articles of perjury and obstruction of justice concerning the affair. The Senate acquitted Clinton in 1999.

Ben Shapiro posted on Twitter:
Contrary to popular opinion, Ken Starr was a kind and decent person who would go out of his way to help students and fellow lawyers. RIP.

Starr is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alice Mendell Starr, his three children, and nine grandchildren.

Charlie Kirk posted he and his wife, Erika, were praying for his wife, Alice, and the entire Starr family:

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