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Family friend denies social media reports of Larry Langford's death

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Former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford. ( Former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford. (

 A flurry of social media reports indicating that former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford had passed away caused concern Saturday.

  However, those reports are not true.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation lists 67 year old Langford as being held in the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

  Langford was transferred to the medical center back in June of 2012.  It is not known what condition he is suffering from.  But friends of the family say that Langford is very sick.

  "He's alive, very much alive," says Frank Matthews. "I do have the permission to speak to this rumor, what it is that he has... He is gravely ill. I think that's the quote Mrs. Langford gave to one of the media outlets today and that's the quote I will quote her on. The mayor is gravely ill and we wish that he would be at home with his family.""

  Because of his illness, Matthews is requesting that people contact the Justice Department to see if Langford can finish his sentence at home with his family.

  Langford is serving a 15 year sentence for bribery and conspiracy stemming from his time as a Jefferson County Commissioner. He was convicted on charges of taking cash, and other crimes, from an investment banker who was handling county bond business.

  Langford began his 15-year sentence nearly three years ago. He is set to be released in 2023.


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