Final Capitol tribute to late Hawaii Sen. Inouye

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Sen. Daniel Inouye, the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history, was remembered Thursday as a man who gallantly defended his country on the battlefield and gracefully sought to better it during the 50-plus years he represented his beloved state of Hawaii. Colleagues and aides lined the Capitol rotunda five deep to say farewell.

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Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii dies at 88

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Daniel Inouye, the most senior senator in the U.S. Senate, has died of respiratory complications. He was 88.

Inouye, a Democrat from Hawaii, was hospitalized a week and a half ago at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he said he was working with doctors to regulate his oxygen intake.

He is survived by his wife, Irene Hirano, and son, Daniel “Kenny” Inouye. Kenny is his son with Margaret Shinobu Awamura, who died in 2006.

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