Daily Archives: May 2, 2012

Body of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover discovered 40 years ago this hour (1972)

Video: 'CBS Evening News' (May 2, 1972)

(Tuesday, May 2, 1972)J. Edgar Hoover, who directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 48 years and built it into a dominant and controversial force in American law enforcement, died during the night from a heart attack attributed to cardio-vascular disease. His body was found today by a maid at about 8:30 a.m. EDT on the floor near his bed. Hoover was 77.