Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy Dies at 77


I honestly never thought it would happen.

Ted Kennedy, the last surviving brother of the famously tragic political family, has actually passed away at the age of 77 after a year-long battle with a brain tumor.

Kennedy served in the United States Senate longer than all but two Senators in history, starting in 1962. He was a major champion of civil rights, including women's issues and gay rights.

His family, as well as former First Lady Nancy Reagan, have released statements regarding the death.

Kennedy's family stated: "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."

Nancy Reagan said: "I was terribly saddened to hear of the death of Ted Kennedy tonight. Given our political differences, people are sometimes surprised by how close Ronnie and I have been to the Kennedy family. But Ronnie and Ted could always find common ground, and they had great respect for one another... My heart goes out to Vicki and the entire Kennedy family."

Rest in peace, Ted Kennedy. Regardless of anyone's opinions or political beliefs, I don't think I'm alone in saying that it feels odd being in a world without you in it.

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