Senator Ted Kennedy Dead At 77
The summer started with a death (Michael Jackson) and now has ended with another, Ted Kennedy. Two influential people gone all within two months of one another. After a year-long battle with brain cancer, the senator has passed away at 77.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts died Tuesday night of complications related to a cancerous brain tumor. The iconic Democrat was surrounded by family members at his home in the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod. He will be buried in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod.
Kennedy's malignant brain tumor was diagnosed in May 2008, after a seizure struck him while at home on the Cape. He underwent a lengthy surgery in June 2008. Aided by cancer treatments, he returned to his work in the Senate late in 2008, pushing for an overhaul of the nation's health care system and promoting legislation giving the FDA regulatory powers over tobacco products.
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"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," said a statement released by the Kennedy family early Wednesday. "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."
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So very sad. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the Kennedy family.