Senator Edward Kennedy dies aged 77
26th August 2009
Veteran US senator Edward M Kennedy has died aged 77.
The brother to the murdered former president John F Kennedy and senator Robert F Kennedy passed away following a long battle with a brain tumour.
Kennedy spent half a century playing a prominent role in US politics and has grown to become a figurehead for the Democrat cause during that time.
President Barack Obama said that he was 'heartbroken' to learn about the death.
He said: 'Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States senator of our time.
'The Kennedy family has lost their patriarch, a tower of strength and support through good times and bad. Our hearts and prayers go out to them today.'
Kennedy became a Democratic Massachusetts senator in 1962 when he replaced his brother who went on to become president.