epa01837235 (File) A file photograph dated 28 January 2008, shows the then Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama (L) hugging Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy during a rally where Kennedy gave Obama his endorsement at American University in Washington, DC, US . US Senator Edward Kennedy has died at 77 after battling brain cancer, US news reports said on 26 August 2009. His family released a statement announcing his death late 25 August 2009 at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. US President Barack Obama, whose race for his Democratic Part 's nomination last year got a big boost from senator Edward Kennedy's endorsement, early 26 August paid tribute to the "liberal lion" who has died. Obama noted that he "cherished" Kennedy‘s "confidence in my race for the presidency" even as the late senator waged a struggle for his own life. EPA/MATTHEW CAVANAUGH |
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