Sen. Ted Kennedy Dies

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has died. The liberal lion of the Senate passed away at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts overnight after a long battle against brain cancer. He was 77.

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Sen. Kennedy’s endorsement gave Barack Obama’s Democratic presidential candidacy a major boost in the 2008 primary season.

On May 20, 2008, doctors reported that the statesman had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor after suffering a seizure days before. That June, he underwent a three-hour surgery at the Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina.

Kennedy’s only surviving sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver passed away on August 11. The senator was too ill to attend her funeral service.

The Kennedy Family released the following statement on Wednesday morning: “Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. 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. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”