Lee Fremstad, 55; Long-Time Newsman in Sacramento

Associated Press

Lee Fremstad, the former chief of the Sacramento Bee's Capitol bureau and former president of the Sacramento Press Club, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 55.

Fremstad, who worked for newspapers in Minnesota and Illinois and for United Press International in Salt Lake City before joining the Bee, covered a variety of major stories during his 27 years with the Sacramento paper, including California's last execution in 1967.

Fremstad served in the Bee's state Capitol bureau from 1971 to 1981, including several years as bureau chief.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia, and their two children, Erik and Britt, all of Sacramento.

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