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Bob Dole’s Death: Former Senator, Republican Presidential Candidate Died at Age 98 After Fighting Lung Cancer

Bob Dole, a longtime US Senator in Kansas and a 1996 Republican presidential candidate, died on Sunday, according to a family statement.

“Senator Robert Joseph Doll fell asleep early this morning. At the age of 98 after his death, he had been faithfully serving the United States for 79 years,” the statement said.

Former Republican leaders announced in February that they had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.

Severely injured during World War II, Dole has suffered a series of health problems over the past few years. He had surgery for prostate cancer in 1991, surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysm in 2001, was hospitalized in 2005 after falling home, and was treated for leg infection in 2009.

In addition to the failure to bid for the White House in 1996, Dole ran for president in 1980 and 1988, but was not nominated. He was President Gerald Ford’s running mate in 1976 after Nelson Rockefeller refused to maintain his position as Vice President.

He served as a Kansas Senator for 27 years and served two roles as a majority leader in the Senate. He was also a member of the House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969.

In January 2018, Dole was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress.

CNN Wire contributed to this report.

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