Fred Thompson (R-TN) has passed away at the age of 73. Thompson is a former Senator, presidential candidate, lawyer and actor from the great state of Tennessee. A statement released by Mr. Thompson’s family says that he passed away on Sunday after a recurrence of lymphoma.
“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.
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.
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.”
While Thompson did many things in his life, he may be most remembered for his role as no-nonsense conservative leaning District Attorney Arthur Branch on the popular TV show Law & Order.
Mr. Thompson was a success by any measure and he will be greatly missed.
Here’s his last scene from the show:
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