Veteran US Senator Edward Kennedy, the brother of ex-President John F Kennedy has died of brain cancer at the age of 77.
The Democratic, Massachusetts senator was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in May 2008. He became a member of the Senate in 1962 to replace his brother when he resigned to become president. Despite his failing health, Ted Kennedy campaigned tirelessly for Barack Obama and was present at his inauguration as president. Ted Kennedy’s name was synonymous with liberal American politics for almost half a century, especially on issues like healthcare and education. The Kennedy family announced his death in a brief statement in the early hours of this morning . “Edward Kennedy, the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeèply, died late on Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port Massachusetts,” it said. “We have lost the irreplaceable centre of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism and and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever.”