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After Cancer Fight, Sen. Ted Kennedy Dies at 77


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Rosemary
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BOSTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate and haunted bearer of the Camelot torch after two of his brothers fell to assassins' bullets, has died at his home in Hyannis Port after battling a brain tumor. He was 77.



   

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Rosemary R (642)
Wednesday August 26, 2009, 11:53 am
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Lawmaker to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery near D.C.

To the American public, Ted Kennedy was best known as the last surviving son of America's most glamorous political family, a father figure, and memorably, the eulogist of an Irish-American clan plagued again and again by tragedy.

To the American public, Ted Kennedy was best known as the last surviving son of America's most glamorous political family, a father figure, and memorably, the eulogist of an Irish-American clan plagued again and again by tragedy.
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BOSTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate and haunted bearer of the Camelot torch after two of his brothers fell to assassins' bullets, has died at his home in Hyannis Port after battling a brain tumor. He was 77.

In nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy served alongside 10 presidents — his brother John Fitzgerald Kennedy among them — compiling an impressive list of legislative achievements on health care, civil rights, education, immigration and more.

His only run for the White House ended in defeat in 1980. More than a quarter-century later, he handed then-Sen. Barack Obama an endorsement at a critical point in the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, explicitly likening the young contender to President Kennedy.

To the American public, Kennedy — known to friends and foes alike simply as Ted — was best known as the last surviving son of America's most glamorous political family, father figure and, memorably, eulogist of an Irish-American clan plagued again and again by tragedy.

His 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," the statement said. "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."

A few hours later, two vans left the family compound at Hyannis Port in pre-dawn darkness. Both bore hearse license plates — with the word "hearse" blacked out.

Kennedy will lie in repose Thursday and Friday at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston before his funeral at a city church, the senator's office said.

Kennedy is to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery near his slain brothers, said Kennedy spokesman Keith Maley.

Kennedy's funeral Mass will take place Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica — commonly known as the Mission Church — in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston.

Obama, on vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., said he and the first lady were “heartbroken” to hear of Kennedy's passing.

“An important chapter in our history has come to an end. 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,” Obama said.

Young senator
Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1962, taking the seat that his brother John had occupied before winning the White House, and served longer than all but two senators in history.

His own hopes of reaching the White House were damaged — perhaps doomed — in 1969 by the scandal that came to be known as Chappaquiddick, an auto accident that left a young woman dead.

He sought the White House more than a decade later, lost the Democratic nomination to President Jimmy Carter, and bowed out with a stirring valedictory that echoed across the decades: "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die."

Kennedy was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in May 2008 and underwent surgery and a grueling regimen of radiation and chemotherapy.

‘Ally and a dear friend’
Kennedy's death triggered an outpouring of superlatives.

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Former First Lady Nancy Reagan said in a statement that her husband and Kennedy "could always find common ground, and they had great respect for one another."

She added that she considered Kennedy "an ally and a dear friend. I will miss him."

Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose wife, Maria Shriver, was Kennedy's niece, praised “the rock of our family: a loving husband, father, brother and uncle.”

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said that both the Kennedy family and the Senate have "lost our patriarch" and vowed Congress would renew the push for the cause of Kennedy's life, health care reform.


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Building a legacy
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Kennedy's son Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., said his father had defied the predictions of doctors by surviving more than a year with his fight against brain cancer.

The younger Kennedy also said his father's legacy was built largely in the Senate.

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1969: Inside the Chappaquiddick incident
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1979: A look at Kennedy's inner circle
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1982: Why he chose not to run for president in '84
1991: What did he know about nephew's scandal?
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2009: Kennedy on health care



"He has authored more pieces of major legislation than any other United States senator," Patrick Kennedy said. "He is the penultimate senator. I don't need to exaggerate when I talk about my father. That's the amazing thing. He breaks all the records himself."

Ted Kennedy made a surprise return to the Capitol last summer to cast the decisive vote for the Democrats on Medicare. He made sure he was there again last January to see his former Senate colleague Barack Obama sworn in as the nation's first black president, but suffered a seizure at a celebratory luncheon afterward.

He also made a surprise and forceful appearance at last summer's Democratic National Convention, where he spoke of his own illness and said health care was the cause of his life. His death occurred precisely one year later, almost to the hour.

Kennedy was away from the Senate for much of this year, leaving Republicans and Democrats to speculate about the impact what his absence meant for the fate of Obama's health care proposals.

Under state law, Kennedy's successor will be chosen by special election. In his last known public act, the senator urged state officials to give Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick the power to name an interim replacement. But that appears unlikely, leaving Democrats in Washington with one less vote for the next several months as they struggle to pass Obama's health care legislation.

His death came less than two weeks after that of his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver on Aug. 11. Kennedy was not present for the funeral, an indication of the precariousness of his own health.

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Rosemary R (642)
Wednesday August 26, 2009, 11:56 am
Senator Edward Kennedy's legacy will be his initiatives for peace in his Native homeland, Ireland, and his compassionate-driven legislation for the homeless. His death leaves in its' wake a Living Legacy that deserves our respect and admiration to follow as fiercelessly in his footsteps as the man himself led in life.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 26, 2009, 1:22 pm
Kennedy's Quick Win for Social SecuritySomeone who had been receiving Social Security in 1996 would be getting about 13 percent less in their monthly check today. Senator Kennedy protected the financial security of millions.
 

MmAway M (519)
Friday August 28, 2009, 7:30 am
Thanks for this...still bring tears to my eyes.

Not many great ones left, and we lost one, unfortunately my mother still is upset about the incident with the girl in the water dying, I told her, get over it, he did so much after that, and it was a mistake (I feel, he was scared).

He did so much for politics that was GOOD...he had so much to live up to and I truly feel he did the best he could...So much tragic events and loss in his life and his sister died just a few days before him.

Prayers for his family....
 

Leigh B (211)
Friday August 28, 2009, 2:53 pm
We have truely lost an icon, but his legacy will live on indefinitely!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 29, 2009, 5:09 am
ohhhhhhhh i pray for his family.......

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