Roger Bone, a former legislator and one of the state's top lobbyists, has died.
He passed away this morning, according to a fellow lobbyist. Further details are not yet available.
Bone was ranked the No. 1 lobbyist in North Carolina last year by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research based on a survey of journalists, politicians and lobbyists. In seven previous surveys, he was either second or third.
In June, he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor the governor can bestow on a North Carolina citizen.
His clients included Eli Lilly, Lorillard and the N.C. Association of Long Term Care Facilities.