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The director of the Iowa social services agency appears to have been ousted from his job a day after he emailed 4,300 employees some lyrics by his idol Tupac Shakur.
Jerry Foxhoven, 66, who routinely sent messages to employees lauding the late rapper's music and lyrics, even after at least one complained to lawmakers, was forced to resign when he emailed staff a reminder it was Tupac's birthday in June.
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Foxhoven, who was the Iowa Department of Human Services Director, was so keen to show he was a fan until the end of time that he hosted 'Tupac Fridays', traded lyrics with employees and even marked his own 65th birthday with Shakur-themed cookies - including ones decorated with the words 'Thug life.'
But it appears Foxhoven finally crossed the line when he sent an agency-wide email sharing a picture of the smiling rapper with an inspiration quote - at which point Iowa's governor may have decided it was time to start making some changes.
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Gov. Kim Reynolds told Foxhoven to resign on June 17, the first work day after he sent the email to 4,300 employees urging them to mark Shakur's birthday weekend by listening to one of his songs, although her office has refused to confirm this was his reason for him stepping down.
The timing of Foxhoven's mass email - which featured a large image of the rapper smiling - and his resignation has fueled speculation among employees that the two events are linked.
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But much like the question of who fatally shot Shakur in Las Vegas in 1996, the reason for Foxhoven's forced departure has yet to be fully explained.
A spokesman for the governor would not specifically confirm or deny that Foxhoven's email figured into her surprise request for his resignation, AP reported.
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