Senator Kennedy was beloved by many Americans, and respected by his Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle. He was admired for his compassion, vigor, sense of humor, and steadfast devotion to serving the greater good of the American public.
We send our deepest condolences to Senator Kennedy's family and friends as our nation mourns the loss and celebrates the life of such an extraordinary man.
Editor's note: Kennedy unsuccessfully ran for U.S. president in 1980. After 1969, the senator's political career was dogged by the Chappaquiddick Island drowning of companion Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy failed to report Kopechne's death until after body was discovered by police.