Ted Kennedy died last night at the age of 77. The liberal lion of the Senate battled brain cancer for more than a year and well outlasted doctors’ estimations. Ted, the youngest of the Kennedy brothers, was a champion of health care, fair wages and equal rights.
The US Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, said it was “the thrill of my lifetime” to work with Kennedy. “Senator Kennedy’s legacy stands with the greatest, the most devoted, the most patriotic men and women to ever serve in these halls … The liberal lion’s mighty roar may now fall silent, but his dream shall never die.”
One of the most effective and influential senators, Kennedy worked tirelessly on social issues, often with unlikely allies. The U.S. has lost an elder statesman, and he is mourned across the aisle, and across the world.
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