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December 19th, 2008
09:28 AM ET

'Deep Throat' signs off

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/19/mark.felt.obit/art.mark.felt.gi.jpg caption="W. Mark Felt, known as "Deep Throat," divulged information to reporters about the Watergate break-in."]

W. Mark Felt, who leaked information to reporters under the moniker, "Deep Throat," about the Watergate break-in, died Thursday at the age of 95, sources told CNN.

Rob Jones, Felt's grandson, said his grandfather died at his home in Santa Rosa, California. According to published reports, Felt died of congestive heart failure.

Felt admitted in a 2005 Vanity Fair article he was the Washington Post's source for many of its 400 stories on the Watergate affair during the early 1970s. The Watergate break-in eventually led to the 1974 resignation of President Richard Nixon.

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  1. JC- Los Angeles

    I love how Carl Bernstein gives scant praise to Felt for all the information received; it's as if he got all his facts elsewhere.

    Sounds like right place right time for Carl.

    December 19, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    My condolences to the Felt family. Mark Felt did the country a great service exposing Watergate and Nixon for what they really were. I'm glad he lived long enough to see some of the appreciation that people accorded his actions.

    December 19, 2008 at 10:30 am |
  3. Cindy

    Sorry to hear of Mr. Felt's death. At least he had enough gumption to let the people know what was truly going on in the Watergate scandal. If it weren't for him I bet you they would have never have told the truth about it. More people need to be like him when it comes to corruption.

    Cindy...Ga.

    December 19, 2008 at 9:34 am |