Former US senator Thompson dies at 73

Lawyer, US senator and Hollywood actor Fred Thompson, pictured April 13, 2007, has died at age 73 after suffering from lymphoma, his family said November 1, 2015Fred Thompson, the folksy former US senator from Tennessee and Hollywood actor, has died after losing a battle to lymphoma, his family said Sunday. “It is with a heavy heart and 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 family said in a statement. Born in Alabama, Thompson first married at 17 and studied law.

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