27 January 2008President Gordon B. Hinckley, who led The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through twelve years of global expansion, has died at the age of 97.
President Hinckley was the 15th president in the 177-year history of the Church and had served as its president since 12 March 1995.
The Church president died at his apartment in downtown Salt Lake City at 7:00 p.m. Sunday night from causes incident to age. Members of his family were at his bedside. A successor is not expected to be formally chosen by the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles until after President Hinckley’s funeral within the next few days.
This is sorrowful indeed. My relationship with and feelings about the Church have gone up and down and up and down a lot over the past 13 years, but President Hinckley has been an inspiring and sincere leader and role model no matter how confused or clear-eyed I felt. I will miss his sense of humor, his integrity, his openness, his enthusiasm, his conviction. What a great man. I'm definitely sad today, and though I know he'll be happy to be reunited with his wife, he will be missed here.