Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, whose switch from Republican to Democrat ended a 30-year career in which he played a major role in several Supreme Court nominations, died Sunday at the age of 82.
ABC News reports:
Specter, who announced in late August that he was battling cancer, died at his home in Philadelphia from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, said his son Shanin. Over the years, Arlen Specter had fought two previous bouts with Hodgkin's disease, overcome a brain tumor and survived cardiac arrest following bypass surgery.
Specter became majorly known in the 1960s as an aggressive Philadelphia prosecutor and as an assistant counsel to the Warren Commission, developing the single-bullet theory, that debates the shooting of President Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally
The site reports:
Specter, who had battled cancer, was Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator when Democrats picked then-U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak over him in the 2010 primary, despite Specter's endorsements by President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders. Sestak lost Specter's seat to conservative Republican Rep. Pat Toomey by 2 percentage points.
Our condolences and prayers are with the Specter family.
SOURCE: ABC News