Mormon leader Robert D. Hales dies; served on top panel

Robert D. Hales in photographs provided by the LDS Church.
Robert D. Hales in photographs provided by the LDS Church.(KOLO)
Published: Oct. 1, 2017 at 1:34 PM PDT
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A top-ranking Mormon leader, 85-year-old Robert D. Hales, has died after he was hospitalized last week with pulmonary disease and other conditions.

Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement that Hales died Sunday at 12:15 p.m. in a Salt Lake City hospital surrounded by his wife and family from causes tied to his age.

Hales missed this weekend's church conference after he was hospitalized several days ago.

Hales was born in New York City and was a business executive before he was chosen in 1994 as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a high-level governing body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is the fourth top Mormon leader to die in the last three years. Quorum members Boyd K. Packer, L. Tom Perry and Richard G. Scott died in 2015.

A replacement will be chosen for Hales at a later date.

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