Actor, politician, attorney Fred Thompson dies
Actor and former U.S. senator Fred Thompson has died.
The ‘Law & Order’ actor passed away on Sunday in Nashville at the age of 73.
According to a statement, Mr. Thompson died after a recurrence of lymphoma. He was first diagnosed with cancer in 2004.
“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 Thompson family’s statement reads.
“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,” his family said. “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.”
As a lawyer, he served as chief Republican counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee that investigated President Richard Nixon.
The former senator was known for his straight-talking style and booming voice.