Former EBR Metro Councilman Smokie Bourgeois Dead At 78

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Former East Baton Rouge metro councilman, Rodney "Smokie" Bourgeois, has died. He was 78.

His colleagues confirmed Sunday that Bourgeois passed away after battling pancreatic cancer.

Bourgeois was known for being outspoken and colorful during his term on the Metro Council. He lost a runoff to fellow mayoral candidate John Delgado in 2012.

Bourgeois was also the owner of the popular George's Restaurant chain based in Baton Rouge.

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