Former U.S. Senator Lugar Dies At 87

Centrist Republican Richard Lugar died on Sunday at age 87 reports Reuters.

He championed nuclear nonproliferation during his 36 years in the U.S. Senate.

The Lugar Center, a Washington-based nonprofit, said in a statement that he died peacefully.

He was at the Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute due to complications from CIDP.

CIDP is chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, a rare neurological disorder.

Lugar was a professorial Midwesterner known for his keen intellect and mild demeanor.

He served 8 years as mayor of Indianapolis before his long stint in the Senate from 1977 to 2013.

He was the longest-serving senator ever from Indiana.

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