Senator Kennedy has been a Senator almost as long as I’ve been alive. Through all of his personal and professional ups and downs he has been a presence and a force in the Senate and the Kennedy many of us feel we know best. My sympathies to his friends and family.
Kennedy’s Life and Career
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.”
President Obama’s Statement
President Obama was notified about 2 a.m., aides said, and spoke to Kennedy’s widow, Victoria, a short time later. In a statement released Wednesday morning, Obama paid tribute to Kennedy, pointing out that “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. . . .
“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,” the statement said. “. . . . Our hearts and prayers go out to” the Kennedy family. SOURCE