Former Sen. Fred Thompson dies at 73

Fred Thompson2008According to a report at the Tennessean, actor, senator, and conservative presidential candidate Fred Thompson passed away on Sunday.  In a statement, the family said the 73-year old Thompson died after a recurrence of lymphoma.

I can only add what many others have already said.  This is sad news on so many levels.  I enjoyed watching his performances and I supported his 2008 presidential run, short as it was.  He will be missed.

Yes he will.

Very sad.

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The Tennessean reported:

Mr. Thompson, 73, died on Sunday from after a recurrence of lymphoma, according to a statement issued from the Thompson family.

“It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of grief that we share the passing of our brother, husband, father, and grandfather who died peacefully in Nashville surrounded by his family,” the statement reads.

“Fred once said that the experiences he had growing up in small-town Tennessee formed the prism through which he viewed the world and shaped the way he dealt with life. Fred stood on principle and common sense, and had a deep love for and connection with the people across Tennessee whom he had the privilege to serve in the United States Senate. He enjoyed a hearty laugh, a strong handshake, a good cigar, and a healthy dose of humility. Fred was the same man on the floor of the Senate, the movie studio, or the town square of Lawrenceburg, his home.

“Fred believed that the greatness of our nation was defined by the hard work, faith, and honesty of its people. He had an enduring belief in the exceptionalism of our country, and that America could provide the opportunity for any boy or girl, in any corner of our country, to succeed in life. ”

And of course, we can never forget his role in the Watergate investigation that ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

The Tennessean added:

Mr. Thompson was married to Jeri Kehn, with whom he has two young children.

Mr. Thompson and his first wife, Sarah Lindsey, had three children: Fred “Tony” Thompson Jr., Daniel and Elizabeth. Elizabeth died in 2002.

Our condolences go out to Mr. Thompson’s family.  May he forever be remembered as the classy patriot he was.  RIP, Fred Thompson.

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