Linda Tripp, the woman whose secret recorded conversations with Monica Lewinsky famously led to the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died this afternoon. She was 70.
Tripp had been on her deathbed for a couple of days, according to a Facebook posting by her daughter.
“My mommy is leaving this earth. I don’t know myself if I can survive this heartache. Please pray for a painless process for the strongest woman I will ever know in my entire lifetime,” Allison Tripp Foley posted on Facebook late Tuesday, adding that she was at her 70-year-old mother’s bedside. Her profile was later made private.
Tripp’s son-in-law, Thomas Foley, told The New York Post this afternoon that she had passed. Her illness was unrelated to the coronavirus, he said.
“Look it’s hard to talk right now. Linda has passed on,” Foley said.
“She fought on as hard as she could. We just have to let all the grandkids know as it was so sudden.”
“I know all the press will focus on the other stuff but she was a special person and a fantastic grandparent who was devoted to her family,” Foley added. “People forget this part.”
Earlier today, Monica Lewinsky tweeted her hopes that her old nemesis might still recover.
no matter the past, upon hearing that linda tripp is very seriously ill, i hope for her recovery. i can’t imagine how difficult this is for her family.— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) April 8, 2020
Tripp is known as a whistleblower for turning over secretly-recorded conversations with Lewinsky to Ken Starr in January 1998. The recordings exposed Lewinsky’s sexual relationship with Clinton.
Linda also told Starr about Lewinsky’s infamous blue dress. She was working in the Pentagon when she befriended the 22-year-old White House intern and learned about her physical relationship with the POTUS. The rest is history.
Linda and her husband, Dieter Rausch, have 2 children — Allison and Ryan.