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Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) died Tuesday night of complications related to a cancerous brain tumor.
The 77-year-old lawmaker was at his home in the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod, surrounded by family members. After lying in repose at the Kennedy Library in Boston, the "liberal lion" will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Friends and colleagues of the late senator talk about his influence in passing social legislation, his advocacy for civil and women's rights, and his life-long goal to reform health care.
Ken Rudin, NPR's political editor
Thomas Oliphant, author and former reporter and columnist for the Boston Globe
John H. Sununu, former republican governor from New Hampshire, and chairman of the New Hampshire republican party
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and representative from Massachusetts' 4th congressional district
Ron Walters, professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and author of Freedom Is Not Enough
Andrew Young, former ambassador to the United Nations