Bob Dole, who overcame WWII fighting wounds to become a prominent figure in US politics as a longtime Republican senator from Kansas and his party’s unsuccessful 1996 presidential candidate, died on Sunday. He was 98 years old.
Dole, known for his mood that ranged from self-deprecating to caustic, died in his sleep, told the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. Dole announced in February that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and would begin treatment.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole has died this morning,” the foundation said in a statement posted on Twitter. “He served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years.”
It is with heavy hearts we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep. At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years. More information coming soon. #RememberingBobDole pic.twitter.com/57NtGfqtmL
— Elizabeth Dole Foundation (@DoleFoundation) December 5, 2021
Dole tried for the presidency three times and was nominated by the Republican Party in 1996, but lost to current Democratic candidate Bill Clinton. Dole was his party’s vice presidential candidate in 1976 on a ticket headed by incumbent President Gerald Ford, but they lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter and his running mate Walter Mondale.
Reference: CNN Brasil