SENATOR TED KENNEDY DIES
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
It's the end of an era. Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy has died. He passed away early this morning in Hyannis Port after battling brain cancer for months. Kennedy was 77 years old.
“We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever,’’ Kennedy's family said in a statement.
Kennedy was one of the longest-serving and most influential senators in U.S. history. He was also a strong supporter of healthcare reform, which President Obama is pushing for. Mr. Obama is on vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Today, he took time out to remember his colleague and friend.
"I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the presidency. And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I've profited as president from his encouragement and wisdom," Mr. Obama said.
Ted Kennedy was the last surviving brother of the Kennedy clan. His sister, Eunice, died about two weeks ago. So far, no word on when a funeral will be held for Kennedy.
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