Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was a key player on most domesticpolicy issues during the past 47 years, died of brain cancer latelast night at the age of 77.

Kennedy (D-Mass.), the third longest serving senator in Americanhistory, left his mark on subjects such as health care, educationand immigration policy. Though considered a liberal, he oftencrossed the aisle and formed alliances with members of the GOPincluding former President George W. Bush, Sens. John McCain(R-Arizona), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

The veteran lawmaker was from a storied family that saw itsshare of triumph and tragedy. His brothers John and Robert werefellled by assassins' bullets and his older brother Joseph diedduring World War II. Edward Kennedy held the senate seat that Johnoccupied when he was elected president in 1960.

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