Former TN Senator Dies


Emily McFarland, Staff Writer

After battling a recurrence of lymphoma, Fred Thompson died on Sunday, November 1st in Nashville, TN. Thompson was a former senator from Tennessee, a Republican presidential candidate, Watergate attorney, and a beloved star from the television drama Law & Order.

The Thompson family released this statement to The Tennessean, “It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of grief that we share the passing of our brother, husband, father, and grandfather who died peacefully in Nashville surrounded by his family,” He had formerly been diagnosed with cancer in 2004.

Thomson attended University of Memphis in 1964, then went on to Vanderbilt University to earn his law degree in 1967. Thompson served as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee for nine years within 1994-2003. Additionally, he served as a lawyer in the Watergate Scandal of 1972. IMDB credits him with acting in 54 parts. Most notably was his role on Law & Order as D.A. Arthur Branch from 2002-2007.

Fred Thompson’s funeral has been set for Friday, November 6th in Nashville, where most of his family lives. Thompson will be remembered as by many as a well-loved American man. Senator Bob Corker from Tennessee made the statement, “Fred Thompson served the people of Tennessee and America with great honor and distinction,” on Sunday evening.