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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16:  Fred Dalton Thompson attends "A Time To Kill" Broadway Photo Call on September 16, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: Fred Dalton Thompson attends “A Time To Kill” Broadway Photo Call on September 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)

Former Sen. Fred Thompson, better known to many ‘Law and Order’ fans as the hard-hitting district attorney on the TV show, died Sunday at 73 from lymphona, with which he had struggled for more than a decade, his family said.

“He enjoyed a hearty laugh, a strong handshake, a good cigar, and a healthy dose of humility,” the statement said. “Fred was the same man on the floor of the Senate, the movie studio, or the town square of Lawrenceburg, his home. …’ said the family in a statement.

 

Thompson, R-Tenn., and his wife, Jeri, during a summit on Oct. 5, 2007, in Washington. Members of the Americans for Prosperity foundation, a group dedicated to reducing government spending, hosted the event.

Thompson, R-Tenn., and his wife, Jeri, during a summit on Oct. 5, 2007, in Washington. Members of the Americans for Prosperity foundation, a group dedicated to reducing government spending, hosted the event.

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