Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy died on August 25 at the age of 77 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. The democrat, who was elected into U.S. Senate as a representative for his home state of Massachusetts in 1962, was the youngest of Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Kennedy's nine children. He earned the nickname "The Lion of the Senate" because of his decades of service where he championed health care and immigration reform. The Kennedy family released the following statement: "Edward M. Kennedy, the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply, died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port [Massachusetts]. We've lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever." His death came just two weeks after the passing of his sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. He is survived by his second wife, Victoria, and three children from his first marriage, as well as five grandchildren. "An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader," said President Obama in a statement.