Tom Hayden, an activist and politician who was known for his radical antiwar protests, died at the age of 76 on Oct. 23. He was surrounded by family at the time of his passing, his wife confirms.
After months of battling illness, Tom Hayden died at UCLA Medical Center in California on Oct. 23, his wife, Barbara Williams, told CNN. Tom suffered a stroke more than a year ago, and was battling complications from the illness at the time of his death. He was 76 years old.
Tom, who started out as a journalist, is known for his radical activism in the 1960s and 70s. He led a major anti-Vietnam War Movement, and even traveled to Hanoi in Vietnam as part of the movement. Tom famously took part in protests outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, for which he was indicted on federal charges of conspiracy and incitement to riot as part of the “Chicago Seven.” He was convicted two years later, but the charge was overturned.
After years of protesting the war, Tom began a political career — he was elected to the California State Assembly in 1982, then won a seat in the Senate ten years later, a position he held for eight years. He also ran for Mayor of Los Angeles in 1997, but lost, and he’s written and edited 19 books throughout his career. Conservatives targeted him throughout his time as a politician.
Tom married Jane Fonda in 1973, just three days after she divorced her first husband. The actress joined him on missions to Vietnam, and they had a son, Troy O’Donovan Garity, in July 1973. They also adopted teenager Mary Luana Williams in 1982, and the marriage ended in 1990. He married Barbara and they adopted a son in 2000. The family is asking for privacy during this difficult time.
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