Linda Tripp, the former Pentagon official whose secret recording of Monica Lewinsky played a key role in the impeachment trial of former President Clinton, died at the age of 70, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The Post reported Tripp's death Thursday afternoon. According to The New York Post, Tripp's daughter on Tuesday posted about her mother's failing health, writing: “My mommy is leaving this earth. I don’t know myself if I can survive this heartache."

Her son-in-law confirmed to the New York Post on Wednesday that Tripp had died. He said he had been seriously ill prior to her death, though her illness was unrelated to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.


"Linda has passed on," her son-in-law Thomas Foley said.

“I know all the press will focus on the other stuff but she was a special person and a fantastic grandparent who was devoted to her family,” he added. “People forget this part.”

Lewinsky reacted to news of Tripp's illness earlier in the day on Twitter, writing that "no matter the past" she wished Tripp well. Tripp's recordings of Lewinsky's conversation about her relationship with Clinton were supplied to independent counsel Ken Starr, leading to their introduction in the impeachment proceedings.

"[N]o matter the past, upon hearing that linda tripp is very seriously ill, i hope for her recovery. i can’t imagine how difficult this is for her family," Lewinsky wrote.