Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement on the passing of Cokie Roberts.

"Our hearts are heavy today in Louisiana as we mourn the loss of Cokie Roberts, a trailblazer, a native of our great state and the daughter of Hale and Lindy Boggs. Cokie had a passion for history and was a legendary journalist who inspired generations of women to pursue careers in political journalism at a time when the profession was dominated by men," Gov. Edwards said. "Just a few months ago, Donna and I had the honor of listening to Cokie speak and it's something we will treasure forever. We will miss Cokie's kindness, compassion and contributions to our state and our country. Please join us in praying for her family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time."