Ken Starr, prosecutor in Clinton sex scandal, dead at 76

STORY: Starr died on Tuesday in Houston of complications from surgery, his family said.

Starr came to national prominence as the special prosecutor who investigated the sex-and-perjury scandal that led to then-President Clinton's impeachment by the the U.S. House of Representatives in December 1998.

Born July 21, 1946, in Vernon, Texas, Starr was a clerk to former Chief Justice Warren Burger in 1974 and 1975, and in 1981, he became counselor to William French Smith, then-President Ronald Reagan's first attorney general.

In 1989, he became solicitor-general, the U.S. government's chief litigator.

In that job, he argued 25 cases, including controversial lawsuits on abortion rights and school prayer. Before he became special prosecutor, he was often mentioned as a Republican president's potential nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.