He passed away Tuesday night with a statement released in the early morning hours of Wednesday morning EDT.
more after the jump:
â€œEdward M. Kennedy â€“ the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply â€“ died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port,â€ the statement said. â€œWeâ€™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, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but itâ€™s hard to imagine any of them without him.â€
Ted was one of the most effective senators in U.S, hisotry with a proven track record of working across theÂ aisle.Â We was a champion of the poor and downtrodden and the people of Massachusetts sent him back to the Senate time and again for the past 47 years.Â I had the honor of voting for him twice.
Chris Prevatt wrote this post Uncle Teddy from the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Kennedy spoke at the convention on 8-25-2008, one year to the day before he passed away.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0kBT8MdpW4&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]