In this file photo taken on May 15, 2003 Britain's Secretary of State for Media, Culture and Sport Tessa Jowell speaks at a press conference at the City Hall in London, to announce the British bid for the 2012 Olympics. / AFP / Martin HAYHOW
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Tessa Jowell, the minister who played a key role in securing and delivering the 2012 London Olympics, has died after battling brain cancer, her family said Sunday.Jowell played a major part in landing the Games as Britain's culture secretary. Jowell, 70, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May last year, suffered a hemorrhage on Friday, and had been in a coma until her death on Saturday, a family spokesman said.London Olympics chairman Sebastian Coe said: "Quite simply, without Tessa there would have been no London 2012, and without Tessa they would not have been the success they were.
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