Senator Ted Kennedy dies at 77

Senator Ted Kennedy died at his home in Massachusetts after fighting brain cancer this past year. We was 77 years old. The family released a statement announcing his passing this morning. The President is actually nearby in Martha’s Vineyard:

President Obama, on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, said he and first lady Michelle were “heartbroken” to hear of Kennedy’s passing.

“An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time,” Obama said in a statement.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Wednesday both the Kennedy family and the Senate have “lost our patriarch.”

There is precious little, politically, that Senator Kennedy and I would find ourselves agreeing upon but there is no arguing he has seen some of the most powerful events in American history from a very front-row seat. I offer my prayers for him and for his family. May they be granted the strength to see this difficult time through.