Fred Thompson, a former senator from Tennessee, died Sunday. He was 73.
The Republican lawmaker died of a recurrence of lymphoma, his family said in statement, according to The Tennessean.
“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 statement said.
Thompson had an illustrious career that spanned several industries. He served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the 1960s and 1970s, and provided legal counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee on its investigation of the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Thompson worked in both the private and federal sectors in the eighties, as counsel and lobbyist. He served in the Senate between 1994 and 2003. In the last months of his congressional career, Thompson began appearing on NBC’s Law & Order. He went on to star as Arthur Branch, a Manhattan district attorney, for five years. He also appeared in several films, including Die Hard 2 and Secretariat. In the fall of 2007, Thompson announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, but dropped out of the race in early 2008.