Veteran US Senator Edward Kennedy, the brother of former President John F Kennedy, has died at 77, after a long battle with a brain tumour.
He became a Democratic Massachusetts senator in 1962, replacing his brother when he resigned to become president, and was re-elected seven times.
Senator Kennedy had been a dominant force in liberal US politics for almost half a century.
Recently, he was an active supporter of President Barack Obama.
He has championed issues like healthcare and education.