DENVER, Oct. 25, 2002 - Qwest Communications Chairman and CEO Richard C. Notebaert issued the following statement in the wake of the death of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone.

"The entire Qwest family mourns the loss of Senator Paul Wellstone, his wife Sheila, their daughter Marcia, and the other victims of this tragic accident. I met with Paul only two weeks ago. His legacy as a champion of the people, both in Minnesota and across the country, is something to which all of us should aspire. His leadership and the good he stood for, both to Minnesota and the nation, will be missed."

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