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DANBURY, Conn. – Jeb Stuart Magruder, the man who claimed to have heard President Richard Nixon order the Watergate break-in, has died. He was 79.

Jeff Hull, owner of Hull Funeral Service in Danbury, Connecticut, says Magruder died May 11 of complications from a stroke.

Magruder was a businessman who became Nixon's deputy campaign director and then served in the Republican president's administration.

Jeb Magruder is interviewed by The Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio on Feb. 1, 2008.Kiichiro Sato / AP, file

He spent seven months in prison for lying about the involvement of Nixon's re-election committee in the 1972 break-in at Washington's Watergate complex. The burglary eventually led to the president's resignation.

Magruder later became a minister serving in California, Ohio and Kentucky, and a church fundraising consultant. In 2003, he moved to suburban Columbus, Ohio.

The Associated Press