August 26, 2009
On this date in 2009, newspaper front pages reported on the death of Massachusetts senator Edward Kennedy, who had passed away the day before. Here is a collection of pages from that week.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who carried aloft the torch of a Massachusetts dynasty and a liberal ideology to the citadel of Senate power, but whose personal and political failings may have prevented him from realizing the ultimate prize of the presidency, died at his home in Hyannis Port last night after a battle with brain cancer. He was 77.
“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,” his family said in a statement. “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 it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”
— An excerpt from a front page story in the Boston Globe:
“Kennedy dead at 77. Liberal lion of the Senate, symbol of family dynasty succumbs to brain cancer”
By Martin F. Nolan