Senator Edward M. Kennedy Dies at Age 77

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts died late last night at age 77.

Son of one of the most storied families in American politics, Kennedy had seen triumph and tragedy in near-equal measure and will be remembered as one of the most long-serving and effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate.

The death of Mr. Kennedy, who had been battling brain cancer, was announced early Wednesday morning in a statement by the Kennedy family, which was already mourning the death of the Senator’s sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, two weeks earlier.

“Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port,” the statement read. “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.”

Mr. Kennedy had been in precarious health since he suffered a seizure in May 2008. His doctors determined the cause had been a malignant glioma, a brain tumor that often proves terminal.

We talk with Kevin Cullen, columnist for Boston Globe and Carl Hulse, Chief Congressional correspondent for The New York Times to remember Senator Kennedy's life.


Kevin Cullen and Carl Hulse

Comments [4]

Dave Brubeck

I feel bad for his friends and relatives.
Personally I am glad to see him out of office.
I found him to be an extremely harmful politician and a great danger to freedom. His extreme left wing ideology is not what I want from my government officials.

Aug. 26 2009 11:05 AM
Mitch Friedman

Right on! The "Swimmer" swms no more.

Aug. 26 2009 07:28 AM

Lets Takeaway from the life of Ted Kennedy that he GOT AWAY with a major crime: vehicular homicide?, only because he was from a wealthy family.

Oh, so the Boston Globe guy says, “some people never got over Chappaquiddick.”
(Ironically for the moment, a piece of property off of Martha’s Vineyard.)

Well, what does that mean? Chappaquiddick meant a married guy more drunk than Diane Schuler driving home a young female campaign He drives off the bridge and doesn’t surface till the drunk wore off some 10 hours later and with high paid legal help reported the crime. He waited so long to report it because, he “had hope” she would surface alive. Think of last year’s political rally played already a million times this morning, “keep hope alive!”

I’m telling you, even the movie, The Verdict, couldn’t have displayed the power play of wealth more.

Aug. 26 2009 07:25 AM
Martha Bragin

Ted Kennedy's life, is among other things, a testimony to the possibilily of human transformation, and the power of altruistic action to repair the damage done by participating in violence.

I believe that he would have wanted his death to mean as much as his life... I hope that not only is his legacy appreciated through the enactment of meaningful healthcare, but also, more creatively, in the enactment of programs to transform the lives of young people in the justice and juvenile justice systems.

Aug. 26 2009 06:25 AM

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