George S. McGovern, the liberal Democrat who ran for president in 1972 against Richard Nixon, died earlier this morning at the age of 90.
According to the LA Times, a spokesman for his family broke the news to the Associated Press that McGovern died peacefully in his sleep at a hospice surrounded by family.
Hildebrand released a statement put out by the family that read:
"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."
During his tough campaign race against Nixon in 1972, McGovern was known for his promise to end the Vietnam War, as well as cut spending by billions of dollars.
George S. McGovern will be dearly missed and our prayers go out to his family.
SOURCE: LA Times