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Charlie Sanders recovering from stroke

Charles Sanders, the former U.S. Senate candidate and business and civic leader, is recovering from a serious stroke.

“He is in Boston,” said Robert Ingram, a long-time friend and business associate. “He is recovering and his recovery is progressing well. His family would like to express appreciation for all the support he is receiving from friends.”

Ingram said he was not authorized by the family to release further details.

Sanders, a cardiologist by training, had been treated at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he once was the CEO.

Sanders, 78, a resident of Durham, is best known across the state for his unsuccessful 1996 run for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate and his one-year tenure as chairman of the state lottery commission.

But he has long been been a successful business and civic leader, most notably as CEO of Glaxo, the pharmaceutical firm.

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