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Senator Ted Kennedy Dead at 77

Ted Kennedy

Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy died of brain cancer last night at his Cape Cod home. He was 77.

The youngest son in the Kennedy clan, ‘Ted’ as he was universally known, saw all of his brothers killed at a relatively young age and lived through tragedy, scandals, and a failed presidential bid of his own.

“The last brother,” as he was sometimes called, was diagnosed with brain cancer in May of last year and underwent brain surgery a few weeks later. Despite his ailing health, Kennedy returned to the Senate floor for the 2009 session and made several appearances to promote President Barack Obama‘s agenda.

“An important chapter in our history has come to an end,” said President Obama in a written statement. “Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States senator of our time.

“For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts,” said Obama, who is currently vacationing with his family in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

Kennedy was an ardent supporter of Obama’s throughout the 2008 presidential election and made a very rousing speech at the Democratic Convention last August, despite having undergone brain surgery only three months prior.

“The torch will be passed to a new generation of Americans,” he said at the convention. “The hope rises again and the dream lives on.” (Newsday)

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