Wednesday, August 26, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: TED KENNEDY DIES AT AGE 77

Posted by: Roxxanne Roxxanne
Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy died on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at his Hyannis Port home in Massachusetts.
His family said in a statement, "We've lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever..."
Kennedy was the youngest of nine siblings, which included President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert "Bobby" Kennedy, who were both assassinated in the 1960s.
Senator Kennedy's death comes just two weeks after his eldest sister's death, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of the Special Olympics. She died on August 11, 2009 at the age of 88. Kennedy was the last surviving son of the Kennedy clan. Jean Kennedy Smith, 81, is now the sole surviving member of her nine siblings.
In May 2008, Kennedy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor just days after he suffered a seizure. Then this past January, Kennedy was removed from a post-Inauguration luncheon and briefly hospitalized after suffering another seizure.
Sources say that just days after the death of the Senator's sister, he was so sick that he could not even travel to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom being presented by President Obama, sending his children to accept the honor on his behalf instead.
Kennedy was an early supporter of President Obama's bid for the White House and he campaigned vigorously for the President during the campaign season, especially in his home state of Massachusetts.
Kennedy is survived by his second wife, Victoria, and his three children: Kara, Edward Kennedy Jr., and Patrick, who is a member of the House of Representatives.
Our prayers and hearts go out to Senator Kennedy's family and friends. May he rest in peace.

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