Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii dead at 88

Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii dead at 88

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 18: Senate Appropriations Committee Defense Subcommittee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) delivers an opening statement during a hearing on the proposed FY2012 Army budget estimates on Capitol Hill May 18, 2011 in Washington, DC. The subcommittee questioned witnesses about the costs of misslie defense systems, new armored vehicle and helicopter programs, mental health services for active duty soliders and the Army's history of cost overruns and incomplete projects. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 17, 2012 at 4:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- The office of Sen. Daniel Inouye says the Medal of Honor recipient and 50-year veteran of the Senate has died of respiratory complications at a Washington-area hospital.

The 88-year-old Inouye was the longest serving senator and was president pro tempore of the Senate, third in the line presidential succession. He died Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Inouye's death on the Senate floor.

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