21 October 2012, 16:15

Former US senator George McGovern dead at 90

Former US senator George McGovern dead at 90

George S. McGovern, a proud liberal who argued fervently against the Vietnam War as a senator from South Dakota and suffered one of the most crushing defeats in presidential election history against Richard Nixon in 1972, died before dawn Sunday. He was 90.

A spokesman for McGovern's family, Steve Hildebrand, said that McGovern died at 5:15 a.m. Sunday at a hospice in Sioux Falls, surrounded by family and lifelong friends, Deseret News reported quoting the Associated Press.

"We are blessed to know that our father lived a long, successful and productive life advocating for the hungry, being a progressive voice for millions and fighting for peace. He continued giving speeches, writing and advising all the way up to and past his 90th birthday, which he celebrated this summer," a family statement released by Hildebrand said.

During the World War II McGovern was a pilot of the US air forces. He was first elected to the Congress in 1956. In the 1960-s he was one of the most outstanding activists for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam.

In 1972, he ran for presidency but lost to Richard Nixon. Despite his serious illness McGovern remained active as a politician until his 90th birthday which he marked last summer.

Voice of Russia, TASS, Interfax, Chicago Tribune

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