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Cleveland icon Sam Miller dies at 97

He will be remembered for his impact on Cleveland.
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CLEVELAND — Our city is mourning a true icon.

Sam Miller, who was co-chairman of Forest City Enterprises, has died at the age of 97.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine released the following statement on Miller's passing:

"Fran and I are saddened at the death of a great Ohioan, and great American, Sam Miller. From growing up poor on the east side of Cleveland, to being one of the prominent businessmen and philanthropists in Ohio’s history, Sam Miller was a larger-than-life figure who never forgot his roots. His interest in the world never ceased. He was always wanting to learn something new. Although he was very busy working, even in his later years, I would always attempt to visit with him when I traveled to Cleveland. Whether it be photos with Israeli political leaders, Catholic clergy, or the world’s most prominent entertainers, his office was a feast for the eyes.

"Sam’s wisdom, efforts for the Jewish and Catholic communities, and desire to give back to his hometown seemed never-ending. He was truly one of Cleveland’s greatest cheerleaders. Fran and I are lucky to have been among his many friends. We will miss him, and offer our sincerest condolences to his family and friends."

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