DENVER (CBS4) – A powerhouse political player and community leader who touched the lives of many has passed away. Steve Farber helped bring the Democratic National Convention to Denver in 2008.

Steve Farber (credit: CBS)

He also found the American Transplant Foundation. He believed no one should die while waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

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He suffered kidney failure before receiving a kidney from his son 16 years ago.

The organization helped save more than 1,400 lives.

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His law firm says he died peacefully, surrounded by his family.

Farber was 76 years old.

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The foundation says in lieu of gifts, his family requested all donations go directly to the American Transplant Foundation.