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Senator Edward Kennedy, A Democratic Icon, Dies at 77

Written by: on 26th August 2009 |
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August 26, 2009—Senator Edward Kennedy, a Democratic Icon, who took the helm of one of America’s most fabled political families after two older brothers were assassinated, died at age of 77.

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Edward Moore Kennedy, also known as Ted Kennedy, died due to brain cancer, which was diagnosed in May 2008. He is survived by his wife Victoria Reggie Kennedy, sister Jean Kennedy Smith and his three children  Edward Kennedy Jr., Kara Kennedy and Patrick Kennedy with ex-wife Joan Kennedy.

Kennedy’s death marked a history of a political dynasty that included brothers President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy. He was considered as one of the most powerful and influential senators in American history.

Kennedy advocated some of healthcare reforms, a signature issue of Obama’s presidency that lead them a last big political battle. Ted Kennedy earned a wonderful reputation as the country’s liberal lion, in which he aggressively pushed the legislation on cause such as immigration, voters right and the gun control.

He became the Senate Health Education chair, Labor and Pension Committee and call the fixing the troubled brought by health care system “the cause of my life.

He collapsed during a lunch at Obama’s inauguration in January 2009 and a few days later, we was then so sick and could not even travel to receive the Presidentila Medal of Freedom from President Obama, thus sending his childred to accept the award in behalf of him.

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