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Full Details of Activist Kathy Boudin’s Cause of Death at 78


Kathy Boudin, former Weather Underground radical, passed away at the age of 78 on May 1, 2022. Kathy Boudin‘s cause of death has been revealed by the Columbia University Center for Justice.

In a statement, Chesa Boudin paid a touching tribute to his mother and her legacy. He said that her mother fought cancer for 7 years in an unshakably optimistic and courageous way.

He continued: “She made it long enough to meet her grandson, and welcome my father home from prison after 40 years. She always ended phone calls with a laugh, a habit acquired during the 22 years of her incarceration,

Kathy Boudin's Cause of Death was Announced
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“When she wanted to leave every person she spoke with, especially me, with joy and hope. She lived redemption, constantly finding ways to give back to those around her,” he added.

Boudin was a member of the radical left militant organization Weather Underground. In 1981, she was convicted of felony murder for her role in the Brink robbery.

The robbery resulted in the killing of 1 security guard, and 2 Nyack, NY police officers, and serious injury to another security guard. In 2003, she was released from prison on parole and then became an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

She fell in love with David Gilbert in the 1970s and gave birth to one son, Chesa, in 1980. When Chesa was 14 months old, her mother was arrested and subsequently incarcerated for murder and bank robbery. Chesa was raised by former Weatherman leaders Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers.

In the 1960s and 1970s, she became heavily involved with the Weather Underground. Kathy and Cathy Wilkerson became fugitives from justice in 1970 following the sudden explosion of a bomb in the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion.

Kathy and the Black Liberation Army and former members of the Weather Underground robbed a Brink’s armored car at the Nanuet Mall, in Nanuet, NY in 1981. She was the driver of the vehicle and also acted as a decoy.

By acting as a decoy, Boudin had the 2 responding officers put their guns down, and her accomplices shot two officers, Waverly Brown and Edward O’Grady, killing them.

In addition to the passing of O’Grady and Brown, the robbers wounded guard Joseph Trombino; killed Peter Paige, and injured two other police officers.

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Kathy Boudin‘s Cause of Death Revealed

According to Columbia University Center for Justice’s statement, Weather Underground member and ‘81 heist participant Kathy Boudin‘s cause of death was related to cancer.

The Columbia University Center for Justice, announced the news of Boudin’s death on its website, saying she passed away “after a seven-year fight with cancer.”

Full Details of Activist Kathy Boudin's Cause of Death at 78

Boudin passed away on Sunday, with her son, Chesa, who is San Francisco’s district attorney, and her partner of life, David Gilbert, by her side, the center said.

In 1965, she had graduated from Bryn Mawr College and was “radicalized by the growing anti-war and racial justice movements of the 60s,” the center said. She was determined to make a radical change by any means necessary,” the center said.

“Though Kathy and David were not armed and did not personally hurt anyone, three men were killed,” the Columbia University Center added.

On September 17, 2003, Kathy was released from Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. After her release from prison, she took a job in the HIV/AIDS Clinic at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Subsequently, Kathy received an Ed. D. from Columbia University Teachers College.

She was a model for the title role in David Mamet‘s play The Anarchist. Kathy was a model for Willy Holtzman’s Off-Broadway play Something You Did. Kathy was an inspiration for the character Merry in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral.

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