Former senator, actor Fred Thompson dies

Former U.S. Republican party presidential candidate Thompson leaves a debate in JohnstonFred Thompson, a former Republican U.S. senator from Tennessee who briefly ran for president and straddled the world of politics and entertainment with a prolific television and film acting career, died of cancer on Sunday at age 73. Thompson, a onetime real-life federal prosecutor best known to prime-time TV audiences for his role as a district attorney on NBC’s hit show “Law & Order,” died from a recurrence of lymphoma, said Brent Leatherwood, executive director of the Tennessee Republican Party. The actor-politician, who first made a name for himself in Washington as a Watergate investigator, was in hospice care at the time of his death, Leatherwood said.

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