Senator Edward Kennedy dies at 77

Senator Edward Kennedy dies at 77
# 26 August 2009 09:17 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Senator Edward Kennedy, the liberal lion of the US Senate, has died after battling a brain tumour. He was 77.
Senator Kennedy, a member of the fabled American political family, had been battling brain cancer and died two weeks after his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
He followed his brothers, President John Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy - who were both assassinated - as a leading Democrat in US politics.
There is now likely to be an intense battle for his seat, which has been held for almost 55 of the past 57 years by a member of his famous family.
For nearly half a century in the Senate, Senator Kennedy was a dominant voice on healthcare, civil rights, war and peace, and more. To the American public, though, he was best known as the last surviving brother of a political dynasty.
Senator Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1962, when John was president, and served longer than all but two senators in history.
Over the decades, Senator Kennedy put his imprint on every major piece of social legislation to clear the Congress.
"We’ve lost the irreplaceable centre 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,’’ a family 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."
The Kennedy family said he died at his home in Hyannisport, Massachussetts. Source: AAP