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Fred Thompson Former US Senator, 'Law & Order' actor dies at 73

The ex 'Law & Order' star died on November 1 in Nasville after a recurrence of lymphoma, according to a statement issued by his family.

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Fred Thompson dies at 73

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Former U.S. Senator for Tennessee and actor, Fred Thompson has died at age, 73. The ex 'Law & Order' star died on November 1 in Nasville after a recurrence of lymphoma, according to a statement issued by his family.

 

Fred’s family made sure to remind fans of the wonderful man he was as they announced his passing in a statement on Sunday.

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Fred Thompson was Senator for Tennesse

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"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,” the family said in their 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," the family continued.

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Even though Fred is no longer with us, his family’s statement suggests that he left behind a legacy that will certainly live on. "Fred believed that the greatness of our nation was defined by the hard work, faith, and honesty of its people. He had an enduring belief in the exceptionalism of our country, and that America could provide the opportunity for any boy or girl, in any corner of our country, to succeed in life.”

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Fred Thompson in 'Law & Order' TV series

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In his 73 years of life, Fred made his mark both in the politics and acting world. Prior to beginning his acting career in the ’80s, he served on the Watergate committee investigating Richard Nixon in 1973 and earned his spot on the U.S. Senate in 1994. After choosing not to run again in 2002, he began his recurring role as D.A. Arthur Branch in the 'Law & Order' franchise and played several other roles up until his death. He was certainly loved by many.

Our hearts go out to Fred’s family during this difficult time.

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