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Former governor remembers newspaper co-owner

6-4-14

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says “the world will never be as much fun” as it was before the death of businessman Lewis Katz.

Rendell spoke Wednesday at a memorial for Lewis, a sports team owner-turned-philanthropist.

The 72-year-old Katz and six others died Saturday when Katz’s private plane crashed upon takeoff near Boston. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Katz had days earlier won a bidding war for the company that operates The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.

Mourners at the memorial reflect the broad range of Katz’s high-profile life.

They include ex-President Bill Clinton, former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino, U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Casey, Comcast Corp. chairman Brian Roberts and New Jersey Democratic powerbroker George Norcross, his rival in the newspaper auction.