George McGovern, 1972 White House hopeful, dies aged 90

By REUTERS
October 21, 2012 14:23

 
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Former US Senator George McGovern, whose anti-Vietnam War stance in his 1972 presidential race against Richard Nixon led to one of the worst electoral defeats in US history, died on Sunday at the age of 90, his family said.

McGovern had been admitted to a hospice suffering from a combination of medical conditions due to age that had worsened in recent months and was surrounded by family and close friends.

McGovern had been hospitalized several times in the past year after complaining of fatigue after a book tour, a fall before a scheduled television appearance, and dizzy spells.

The McGovern family said he died Sunday morning at the hospice, surrounded by family and friends.

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