Ex-Sen. McGovern nears death, family at his side

Ex-Sen. McGovern nears death, family at his side

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POTOMAC, MD - JANUARY 22: Former presidential nominee and Sen. George McGovern arrives during the funeral service for Sargent Shriver at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church January 22, 2011 in Potomac, Maryland. Robert Sargent Shriver Jr., a politician and activist who was the first leader of the Peace Corps and was involved in other social programs, died this week at the age of 95. (Photo by Cliff Owen-Pool/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** George McGovern

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Associated Press

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 18 at 2:35 PM

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern is surrounded by his family members as he nears the end of his life.

Family spokesman Steve Hildebrand tells The Associated Press that 90-year-old McGovern is peaceful and resting. He has been in hospice care since Monday. His family said he was no longer responsive Wednesday.

Hildebrand says his condition hasn't changed and that McGovern is "at the end stages of his life."

McGovern was the Democratic presidential candidate who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide. He was a member of the U.S. House from 1957 to 1961 and a U.S. senator from 1963 to 1981. In recent years, he turned his focus to world hunger.

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