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Actor and Former Senator Fred Thompson Dead at 73

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Fred Thompsonby Daniel Nussbaum, Breitbart

Former Tennessee senator, GOP presidential candidate, actor and attorney Fred Thompson died on Sunday. He was 73.

Thompson died of complications from a recurrence of lymphoma, according to a statement released by his 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,” Thompson’s family said in the statement.

“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.

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