Former heavyweight boxing contender and Crosby, Minn. native Scott LeDoux died Thursday at his home in Coon Rapids. He was 62.
LeDoux had battled Lou Gehrig's disease for nearly three years his longtime friend Bob Dolan said.
LeDoux faced some of the world's most renowned boxers during his 10-year career in the ring, including George Foreman and Leon Spinks. He fought an exhibition match with Muhammad Ali. He competed twice for the world heavyweight title, but never won it.
After his retirement from boxing, LeDoux went into politics. He was elected in 2004 to the Anoka County Board of Commissioners. Board chair Rhonda Sivarajah said he worked on a number of high-profile projects, like the Anoka County airport.
"One of the things that he would be most proud of would be our public safety center, which is the home of the Anoka County Sheriff's office in Andover," she said.
LeDoux's wife, Carol, ran for and won his seat on the board in November. Funeral arrangements are pending.
(The Associate Press contributed to this report.)