Fred Thompson, a former US Senator and Law & Order star, sadly died on Sunday, Nov. 1 after battling lymphoma. He was 73-years-old.
"It is with a heavy heart and a 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," Fred's family said in a statement to The Tennessean.
"Fred believed that the greatness of our nation was defined by the hard work, faith, and honesty of its people," the statement continued. "He had an enduring belief in the exceptionalism of our country, and that America could provide the opportunity for any boy or girl, in any corner of our country, to succeed in life."
Fred on Law & Order in April 2007. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Fred was previously diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma — a form of cancer — in 2004. Though he remained in remission for many years, he passed away from a recurrence of lymphoma.
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The politician served as a US Senator of Tennessee from 1994 until 2003. Prior to running for office, Fred starred in 1985's Marie, 1990's The Hunt for Red October and 1990's Die Hard 2. He joined the cast of Law & Order — to portray Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch — in 2002 and left the series in 2007.
Fred is survived by his wife, Jeri, four children and several grandchildren.
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