Iconic Sen. Daniel Inouye, a Democrat who represented Hawaii on Capitol Hill since it became a state in 1959, died at 5:01 p.m. Monday at the age of 88 at Walter Reed National Medical Center from respiratory complications.
According to his office, Inouye's last word was "Aloha."
Inouye was a World War II veteran, a medel of honor recipient, Hawaii's senior senator and the Senate's pro tempore. Senate Majortity Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Inouye's passing on the Senate floor and delivered moving remarks. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., followed with his own reflections about Inoyue's life and career.
The statement released by Inouye's office indicated that someone recently asked the ailing senator to sum up his career.
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"I represented the people of Hawaii and this nation honestly and to the best of my ability," he responded. "I think I did OK."