Long time Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy passed away just after midnight last night at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. He died at age 77, after succumbing to a battle with brain cancer.
Today constituents from all over Boston are paying respect and homage to the democratic “lion of the senate,” and a series of memorial events will be held today throughout Boston. Also, the mayoral debate scheduled for this evening between Boston’s four candidates has been postponed out of respect.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino called Kennedy the “most beloved elected official in Massachusetts,” and Boston City Council President Michael Ross said Kennedy’s contribution to the state was larger than life.
“Massachusetts is a little state, but his politics and persona have made Massachusetts larger than it is.”
Jack Wilson, president of the University of Massachesetts, praised the Senator’s political integrity, saying “when it comes to work ethic, I don’t think anybody can beat Teddy Kennedy.”
Harvard’s John F. Kennedy’s School of Government has posted an online tribute to Kennedy on their site today:
The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum issued this statement:
“In remembrance of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library will have condolence books available for the public to sign during normal Museum operating hours, 9am – 5pm.”
At the childhood home of the Kennedy’s, (which is a national historic monument) the doors will be open to the public for free all day. They too have opened a condolence book, one that will eventually be passed along to the Kennedy family.
According to the Boston Phoenix, mourners have already begun to leave flowers at the site.