From the Austin American-Statesman:
Former Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr., the wealthy scion of a storied family descended from a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, died Sunday after a lengthy illness, according to a family statement. He was 87.
Briscoe had been hospitalized in January and had returned home only recently, according to family spokeswoman Ann Arnold. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Born on April 23, 1923, the son of a politically powerful and wealthy rancher and oilman, Briscoe, a Democrat, served as governor in 1973-79.
Read the full Statesman obituary here.