Linda Tripp, the career civil servant and whistleblower who set in motion the Monica Lewinsky scandal that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died Wednesday. She was 70.
"We are saddened to hear the news that Linda Tripp has died," her attorneys said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Linda understood how people in power can abuse their positions. She had incredible courage. She was faithfully committed to honesty in government. She stood up when others would not."
The statement continued, "She knew the risks of becoming a whistleblower. Linda often said about her whistleblowing that, 'It was never about right or left, it was always about right and wrong.'"
Tripp’s son-in-law, Thomas Foley, told the New York Post on Wednesday afternoon, "She fought on as hard as she could. We just have to let all the grandkids know as it was so sudden.”
Before news of her death broke, Lewinsky earlier in the day tweeted, "no matter the past, upon hearing that Linda Tripp is very seriously ill, i hope for her recovery. i can't imagine how difficult this is for her family."
Tripp secretly tape-recorded White House intern Lewinsky as she talked about her affair with President Clinton. She then gave those recordings to prosecutor Ken Starr, who used them against Clinton.
Clinton was impeached by the House in December 1998, then acquitted by the Senate in 1999.
Due to her involvement, Tripp became a household name and was mocked, along with others involved, numerous times on Saturday Night Live.
She is survived by her children and grandchildren.
4:37 p.m.: Updated with a statement from Tripp's attorneys.