We’ll have more on this later today, but the Kennedy family has just announced the death of Senator Ted Kennedy late yesterday from brain cancer. He was 77.
It’s hard to overstate the impact the man has had on American politics for the past 50 years.
Here’s the statement from the family:
“Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in HyannisPort. 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.”
UPDATE: A year ago that Senator Kennedy made an unexpected appearance at the Democratic National Convention in Denver: