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Attorney General Pam Bondi's father Joseph Bondi dies

Attorney General Pam Bondi's father passed away Tuesday after an extended illness. The Associated Press is reporting that Joseph Bondi, 76, was a professor and former mayor of Temple Terrace and had been diagnosed with leukemia. Attorney General Bondi, whose full name is Pamela Jo, says her family is "heartbroken."

Around 8:30 a.m. Bondi posted the following on her Facebook page

My beautiful Daddy went to Heaven yesterday. He was surrounded by all his family. He fought a great fight with Leukemia. Thanks for all of your prayers and support. We are so heartbroken but comforted to know he is with our Lord. Please continue to pray for my family during this most difficult time in our lives.

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More from the AP:

The father of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has died.

Bondi's office confirmed that Joseph Bondi died on Tuesday.

Bondi, 76, was mayor of Temple Terrace between 1974 and 1978 and he also served as a city councilman. He was a longtime educator and a professor at the University of South Florida. Joseph Bondi served as a curriculum consultant for many school districts including Miami-Dade.

Pam Bondi posted a message on her Facebook page stating that her father died after a battle with leukemia. She says he was surrounded by family members at the time of his death.

Pam Bondi was first elected to office in 2010. She was formerly a prosecutor in Hillsborough County before seeking the post of Attorney General.