Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics, died after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 77.

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Gallery: A shared loss
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Timeline: Brother and leader
Trace the highlights of Sen. Ted Kennedy's life and career
LIFE: Rare photos
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