"I've lost my best friend and love of my life, and the father of my daughters," Candice Franklin said in a statement. "We'll miss him and cherish his memory always. He will be in our hearts each and every day of our lives."
His longtime business partner, Chris Carpenter, said he was devastated by Franklin's sudden passing. Franklin had battled lung cancer, though he was not a smoker, since his diagnosis last year.
“All politics aside, he just understood people and politics better than any person I’ve ever known. He just got it, and so bright and talented,” Carpenter said, adding: “It’s a huge loss for the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia.”
Former gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter described Franklin as one of his best friends in politics and a “brilliant political mind.”
“I honestly would not do anything without running it by Cabral and that’s the same advice I gave to everyone else who ever came to me for political advice,” Carter said. “I miss him enormously.”
For more on Franklin’s life and work, and recollections from those who knew him, visit MyAJC.com
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