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Fred Thompson: ‘Law & Order’ Star & Former Senator Dies At 73

Sun, November 1, 2015 8:32pm EDT by Add first Comment
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This is so sad. Fred Thompson, a former U.S. Senator and ‘Law & Order’ star, passed away on Nov. 1. Read his family’s heartbreaking statement below.

Former U.S. Senator for Tennessee and Law & Order actor Fred Thompson died in Nashville on Nov. 1. after a recurrence of lymphoma, according to a statement issued by his family. He was 73 years old. Along with the sad announcement of his passing, Fred’s family made sure to remind fans of the wonderful man he was.

“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, reports The Tennessean.

“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,” the family continued. “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.”

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.”

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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HollywoodLifers, send your thoughts to Fred’s family as they mourn his loss.

— Taylor Weatherby