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Ted Kennedy Passes Away

Ted Kennedy Passes Away at 77 After Long Battle With Cancer

We're sad to report that Senator Ted Kennedy, the youngest Kennedy brother, passed away Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, MA. Although the infamous incident at Chappaquiddick marred his reputation, Kennedy in later years was known for championing healthcare reform, better working wages, and equal rights, he was called the "liberal lion of the senate."

Most recently, he was known for his love of Portuguese water dogs, which he shared with the Obamas when he gave the first family their dog, Bo.

The Kennedy family released this statement:

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.

Coming just two weeks after his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver's death, we wish the Kennedy family well during this extraordinarily hard time.

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grlykool grlykool 8 years
Cirrus, Whatever happened to class. That whole "well they do it too" is just so childish. Oh and you want to see vile, why don't you check out the day JFK died there's tapes, or what people said, or MLK, or those guys who died in Freedom Summer (look up old copies of the Dayton Newspaper). John Wilkes booth was shocked when Southern Newspapers lamented the passing of Lincoln. Has our society really degenerated so much?
vodkadietcoke vodkadietcoke 8 years
thanks anon, like we needed reminders?? ted has also done a lot of good for americans, and he seemed to give a damn, unlike 99% of other politicians. i live in MA and i will miss him out there fighting for me. r.i.p. ted
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
cirrus I agree I too was disturbed by the comments after Tony Snow's death. I called those out then but this is now and Sen. Kennedy's turn and I'm calling them out here too.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Cirrus--Politics aside, the attack of ANY dead person (or ill person, as you mentioned) is classless in my book. And, might I add cowardly when done anonymously.
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 8 years
I must respectfully disagree with the vileness and lack of class comments. This conversation so far has been remarkably well mannered from both sides of the isle. Anonymous and Skeeve did bring up some very important points that a number of people, including very prominent Republicans, are overlooking and/or downright ignoring. I will be one of the first to say this makes me rather ill. I did not like the Senator at all. However, I would not wish something like brain cancer on anyone. Well, maybe a couple of really evil people... Which brings me to another point--What if the shoe were on the other foot? Now that I think about it, one prominent example comes to mind. Remember when Tony Snow was diagnosed with cancer? People at the Daily Kos and HuffPo were elated. If you disliked or disagreed with him, that's great. I have no problem with that. However, some of the things I read were truly vile and really horrifying! Or, we'll up the stakes. What if Dick Cheney or Bush 43 died? Let's not lie. In certain parts of the country, the parties in the streets would equal Mardi Gras. That qualifies as a total lack of class, not the comments Anonymous or Skeeve made.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Anonymous--Your lack of class is astounding. Seriously.
grlykool grlykool 8 years
-Skeeve, Because student loan reform, and health care are teh evils right? I really think they should add a historybella tap, that gives info on little know history everyday. So much vileness is simply do to ignorance. It really isn't any one's fault because most of us do not study history or anthro in college.
grlykool grlykool 8 years
Anti American? Ted Kennedy may have been many things but he was not Anti American. You know who else they called anti American (until very recently) Martin Luther King Junior. The whole civil rights movement was considered anti American and communist by those who did not want change...
Skeeve Skeeve 8 years
I deeply mourn the fact that Ted Kennedy never tried to live up the example his pre-deceased brothers set for him, and that he had such a long run in the Senate based upon the pity that the electorate in MA felt for his family. His track record speaks for itself, that he has worked tirelessly to the detriment of our nation & the continued pursuit of power by his family. I regret that our nation is so besotted with celebrity that he was able to have such a long & ill-earned career, and that apologists for his actions are so prevalent. Peace & condolences to his family & friends.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Annonymous I think most of us unless we've been living under a rock are aware that Sen. Kennedy was not infallible. His errors and misjudgments are well documented in history and well covered even on the most liberal news stations on this mornings news. I don't know what the tradition is for you however for most on a personal level we tend to eulogize ones accomplishments. My father and I were estranged for many years but I still loved him as my father. I certainly wasn't going to present a laundry list of things he had failed at or made poor judgements in to my family after his death. The Sen. is not cherished for making mistakes he is cherished for rising above them and becoming a better person. I believe this is why we fall, why we fail. It is a test of our person to grow and rise above the trial. His life is just an example that no failure is too great and at the end of his life he was a better man for it. I understand he is a public figure who is subject to criticism and that's fine I have no problem with that but the venom with which some people speak isn't going to hurt Ted Kennedy so present the other side of the coin if you'd like but relax, he's gone.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Hey anonymous......guess you ought to be getting down on the tributes to him made by George W and Nancy Reagan and other prominent Republicans.
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 8 years
I added a link to Chappaquiddick, cirrus. It is an important and controversial part of his history. Thanks for the reminder.
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 8 years
I can see it now. God and Mary Jo are standing there, tapping their feet and and really saying much. Oops.
vodkadietcoke vodkadietcoke 8 years
today is a sad, sad day...
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
So sad. What a hard time for the family.
acyl acyl 8 years
That's too bad. History will remember him well.
nguidjol nguidjol 8 years
hypno i couldn't have said any better. Thank you!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
When I learned of the passing of Senator Kennedy not a surprise but never the less a sadness fell upon me. IMO he may not be a forefather but he has been very much a father of this country. There are no words to bring complete scope to his service to this country. I didn't always agree with Sen. Kennedy but my fondest knowledge of this man is hearing his Republican peers speak most fondly of him. That right there is the true measure of a person. When your professional adversaries have no sentiment short of respect and love to describe you you have done your duty well. Peace and Blessings Edward Kennedy.
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