8/26/2009 1:27 AM ET |
Filed under: R.I.P.
An American legend, Ted Kennedy, passed away late Tuesday night.
The longtime Senator from Massachusetts and member of the most iconic family in American politics had been bravely battling brain cancer for some time.
Kennedy died at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass.
He was 77 years old.
Making the situation even more tragic, Teddy's beloved sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, passed away last week.
The Kennedy family issued the following statement about the politico's passing:
“Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. 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. 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. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”
Our deepest deepest, most heartfelt condolences to the Kennedy family. May strength find them and firm them up during what may only be described as an extremely painful time.