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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Florida Governor Rick Scott’s mother, Esther, passed away Tuesday at the age of 84 in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.

Esther Scott had been in the hospital for the last month with an infection. She first made news in 2010 when she appeared on the campaign trail in commercials supporting then candidate Rick Scott’s bid for governor.

“She had a great life,” said Scott, who added that she got to live the “American dream” after struggling financially for many years.

Scott’s mother had a hand in her son’s early work as an entrepreneur, helping manage two Flavor Made doughnut shops he bought in the Kansas City area.

She said it was an unbelievable feeling to see him go on to found a major hospital chain and make a successful run for governor.

“To see your son succeed like he has, it has to be very rewarding for me,” Esther Scott said in a 2010 interview, “because I wanted my children to succeed, I wanted them to have an education, I wanted them to have a better life than I had.”

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