Sen. Frank Lautenberg, last of Senate World War II vets, dies at 89

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Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., died Monday at age 89, his office announced.

Lautenberg, one of the Senate’s most liberal members, had been ill in recent weeks and absent from Congress. He did not plan to run for re-election in 2014.

Lautenberg served twice in the Senate, his first three-term stint lasting from 1982 until 2001. He was called out of retirement to run successfully again for the Senate in 2002. With Lautenberg’s death, there are no World War II veterans left in the Senate.

According to Lautenberg’s aides, he died this morning at 4:02 a.m. at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell due to complications from viral pneumonia. He’s survived by his wife, Bonnie, six children and 13 grandchildren.

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