Former Sen. Arlen Specter, Centrist, Dies at 82

Former Republican Senator Arlen Specter passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 82. His son said he lost his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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Former Republican Senator Arlen Specter passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 82. His son said he lost his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Living up to his reputation as a hard guy to keep down, Arlen previously survived Hodgkin's disease, a brain tumor and heart bypass surgery. The New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg wrote a beautiful eulogy for the centrist who was respected on both sides of the aisle. The President said Arlen was "always a fighter," while Harry Reid said, "America is better today because of Arlen Specter. He will be dearly missed." Specter served in his Pennsylvania senate seat for almost 30 years. When a man serves that long, he met a lot of people along the way. Some journalists shared their Specter stories on Twitter after hearing of his passing. Bloomberg's Josh Barro mentioned a messy speech Specter gave in 2004, while Gawker's Cord Jefferson was sparred a squash beating from the former Senator.

Specter was also a surprisingly good stand up comic, for an 82-year-old career politician.

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