Harry Whittington, the Austin lawyer shot by Dick Cheney, died at 95

AUSTIN — Harry Whittington, a pioneer Texas Republican and prominent Austin lawyer who found himself thrust into the national spotlight in 2006 when he was accidentally shot by then-Vice President Dick Cheney, died over the weekend at 95.

Whittington’s death was reported by several major news outlets since Sunday and confirmed by his wife. No cause of death was listed and no funeral arrangements were made public.

In this 2018 file photo, Harry Whittington recalls the events leading up to being accidentally shot in February 2006 by then-Vice President Dick Cheney while hunting quail.

Tall and impeccably dressed, Whittington remained active in his Austin law practice into his 90s. For the rest of his life, he carried in his cheek and torso some of the birdshot pellets from Cheney’s shotgun in the quail hunting accident on a ranch owned by South Texas’ influential Armstrong family.

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