26 August, 2009

Sen. Edward Kennedy Dies After Battle With Cancer

Sen. Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy, a liberal icon and frequent Republican target who was one of the longest-serving and most accomplished lawmakers of the modern era, has died at age 77.

In succumbing to brain cancer at his family's home in Hyannis Port, Mass., Mr. Kennedy became the only one of four dynamic Kennedy brothers to die of natural causes, or even live long enough to see his hair turn white. President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert Kennedy were assassinated in the 1960s, and their oldest brother, Joseph Kennedy Jr., died in World War II.

Mr. Kennedy's family announced his death in a brief statement released early Wednesday. "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," it said. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
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