Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, a longtime champion of health care reform who had been battling brain cancer himself, died late Tuesday night. He was 77.
While Mr. Kennedy had been physically absent from the capital in recent months, his presence had been deeply felt as Congress weighed the most sweeping revisions to America’s health care system in decades, an effort Mr. Kennedy called “the cause of my life.”
As President Obama pushed health care reform, Senator Kennedy played a behind-the-scenes role.
***From The New York Times***