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Governor and First Lady of California Mourn 'Uncle Teddy'

Schwarzenegger and Kennedy in 2003 (via Gothamist)
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Among the many mourners for Senator Edward Kennedy, who died last night at the age of 77 following a battle with brain cancer, includes members of his extended family like his niece, Maria Shriver, and her husband, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. California's first family issued a statement late last night, noting that they are "immensely saddened" by the loss of Maria's "Uncle Teddy," and that Kennedy "was the rock of our family," according to The Governor also made mention of the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts life-long causes championed while in office:

"Teddy inspired our country through his dedication to health care reform, his commitment to social justice and his devotion to a life of public service. ... Teddy taught us all that public service isn't a hobby or even an occupation, but a way of life, and his legacy will live on."

The Kennedy family, and the Schwarzeneggers, are just two weeks past the death of another branch of the iconic family's tree; Shriver's mother, and Edward Kennedy's sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, passed away on August 11th, at the age of 88.