Moderate Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter Dies

By Associated Press

Outspoken senator from Pennsylvania dies at age 82.

October 14, 2012 Updated Oct 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM EST

Harrisburg, PA (AP) Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, the outspoken Pennsylvania centrist whose switch from Republican to Democrat ended a 30-year career in which he played a pivotal role in several Supreme Court nominations, died Sunday. He was 82.

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.

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