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Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts passed away last night at the age of 77.  He had been diagnosed last year with brain cancer.

Kennedy was called the Lion of the Senate because of his determined devotion to and advocacy for bettering the condition of all Americans.

Kennedy served in the Senate over 40 years.

Kennedy was instrumental in the passage of legislation that guaranteed civil and voting rights for every American in the 1960’s; he was key in the 1990’s in getting legislation passed for Americans with disabilites and to provide workers with medical and family leave from their work.

Kennedy’s life-long goal was to achieve quality health care for every American, which is now being debated in Congress.

Senator Kennedy was key in the passage of important legislation because of his ability to work with Republicans as well his fellow Democrats.

He will be missed.

Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy dies after cancer battle – CNN.com.