Former veteran Baton Rouge state Rep. Donald Ray Kennard died early Friday morning.

Kennard, 73, had been in the intensive care unit of a local hospital since he had a brain aneurysm rupture last weekend.

“He never recovered,” said state Rep. Clif Richardson, a long-time friend who was at the hospital with Kennard’s family.

Kennard, a life-long resident of Central, served eight terms in the Louisiana House. He could not seek re-election in 2007 because of term-limits. He was first elected in 1975.

Kennard was a member of the LSU Athletic Department from 1963 to 2001. He was also a member of the LSU Football radio broadcast team.