May he rest in peace.
Fred Thompson, best remembered for his acting career as well as his later political career as a United States Senator and one-time Presidential candidate, has died at 73 years old according to his family.
The Associated Press first reported the news on Sunday afternoon:
BREAKING: Family statement: Fred Thompson, former US senator who acted in TV and films, has died at 73
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ The Associated Press (@AP) November 1, 2015
According to a statement issued by Thompson’s family, he died of lymphoma.
The statement read:
“It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of grief that we share the passing of our brother, husband, father, and grandfather who died peacefully in Nashville surrounded by his family,” the statement reads. Fred once said that the experiences he had growing up in small-town Tennessee formed the prism through which he viewed the world and shaped the way he dealt with life. Fred stood on principle and common sense, and had a deep love for and connection with the people across Tennessee whom he had the privilege to serve in the United States Senate. He enjoyed a hearty laugh, a strong handshake, a good cigar, and a healthy dose of humility. Fred was the same man on the floor of the Senate, the movie studio, or the town square of Lawrenceburg, his home.”
Known for acting roles, including those on Law & Order, Roseanne, and many others, Thompson also served as a United States Senator from Tennessee between 1994 and 2003.
In 2008, he ran for the Republican nomination for President, but was defeated in primary elections.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and loved ones.
[Image via Joseph Marzullo/WENN.]