Condolences flood into Pullman after Elson Floyd's death

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Even before Washington State University confirmed the death of President Elson Floyd on Saturday morning, words of condolence were flooding the internet.

U.S. Senator Patty Murray called the news heartbreaking. She notes that Floyd led WSU with incredible energy, passion and a deep and personal commitment to Washington students. She called him one of kind and says Floyd made a great university even greater during his eight years in charge.

WSU confirmed Saturday morning that Floyd had died of cancer. The university announced earlier this month that Floyd was taking a leave of absence for his treatment.

Washington lawmakers were first to express their sadness of Floyd's passing, but alumni and friends quickly followed, flooding twitter with remembrances.

Gov. Jay Inslee says Floyd turned Washington state into Cougar state, by dramatically expanding the scope of the university on both sides of the mountains. He says the WSU president worked to expand opportunities for all of Washington's students.

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