Providence, RI – President Obama, friend and former classmate of Fernandez at Harvard Law School, says he is "shocked and saddened" by Fernandez's death.
Brown University President Ruth Simmons calls Fernandez a beloved member of the Brown community, and Mayor David Cicilline says Fernandez played a major role in reforming Providence city government.
Joseph Fernandez died unexpectedly Saturday after an illness at age 46.
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