The family of Vernon Jordan has confirmed that the civil rights leader died Monday evening at the age of 85.

Jordan, the former president of the National Urban League, was a close adviser to former President Bill Clinton and also worked with presidents Lyndon Johnson, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

Clinton expressed his love for Jordan in a heartfelt statement to news outlets that read,  “He was never too busy to give good advice and encouragement to young people. And he never gave up on his friends or his country. He was a wonderful friend to Hillary, Chelsea, and me, in good times and bad. We worked and played, laughed and cried, won and lost together. We loved him very much and always will.”
Jordan grew up in the segregated South and graduated from DePauw University in Indiana. He went on to study law at Howard University. Like most young men of his generation, Jordan started fighting segregation. He worked as a field director for the NAACP and later became the president of the National Urban League.
In 1980, Jordan survived an assassination attempt when a sniper shot him in the back.
Jordan recovered and went on to serve on the board of directors for a long list of major American corporations.
In 2001, Jordan received the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal for a lifetime of social justice activism.
He was a living legend and will truly be missed.