The senator issued a statement Monday morning saying in part: "My heart is broken today. My husband was my partner and best friend for more than 40 years. He was by my side for the good times and for the challenges. I am going to miss him terribly."
Blum was chairman and president of Blum Capital Partners in San Francisco. For decades, he focused much of his time on the people of the Himalayas, founding the American Himalayan Foundation.
He also founded the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley, that supports students in learning how to combat global poverty
He was 86 years old.
Gov. Gavin Newsom release the following statement on the death of Blum, who was also a UC Regent:
"Richard Blum lived an extraordinary life, and he left this world better than he found it - lifting up our communities and helping connect people from across the globe. He was a model Californian, serving the state and our higher education students wholeheartedly as a UC Regent. Our hearts are with Senator Feinstein and Richard's entire family."
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