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Jennings Osborne, known for holiday lights, dies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Little Rock philanthropist Jennings Osborne, known for his holiday lights, pork dinners and political connections, has died.

Osborne family spokesman David Bazzel confirmed that Osborne died Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at a Little Rock hospital of a heart-related ailment. He was 67.

Osborne constructed elaborate holiday light displays at his Little Rock home, drawing sightseers from miles around while alienating his neighbors, who sued him. The case went to the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1994, and Osborne had to take down his lights.

Osborne went on to place his lights at the downtown River Market and arranged to provide holiday lights at Disney World and Graceland.

He also provided tremendous pork dinners to fans before Arkansas Razorback football games and counted former Gov. Mike Huckabee among his friends.

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