ATLANTA — Dora McDonald, secretary for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who informed Coretta Scott King that her husband had been assassinated, has died. She was 81.
McDonald died Saturday of complications from cancer at Emory Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, hospital spokesman Lance Skelly said Sunday.
Her death came just two days before the national holiday that honors her former boss, who was killed April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn.
McDonald started working for the civil rights leader in 1960 and quickly became his confidant and advisor.
In a 1989 interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McDonald described her role as King's secretary at Ebenezer Baptist Church and later at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as "a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week job."
"But there was never a time -- and I can say this in all truthfulness, from the time I went to work for him until his death -- that I regretted what I was doing or where I was at that moment," she said.