Pat Fordice dies at 72

Former Mississippi first lady Pat Fordice died Thursday at her home in Madison after battling cancer. She was 72.

Fordice had announced in December that she had cancer. She has declined to be interviewed about her treatment and would not say what kind of cancer she had.

Family spokeswoman Stacey Hight told The Associated Press this morning that arrangements are pending.

Hight said Fordice was surrounding by family. She is survived by four children and many grandchildren.

Fordice's ex-husband, Kirk Fordice, served as governor from 1992-to-2000. The Fordices divorced in 2000 after 44 years of marriage. Kirk Fordice died of leukemia in 2004 at age 70.