Former U.S. Senator And VP Candidate Joe Lieberman Dead

Former Democrat vice-presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) died Wednesday afternoon at the age of 82 from complications due to injuries he sustained after a recent fall.

Lieberman’s family released a statement about his sudden passing.

“Former United States Senator Joseph I. Lieberman died this afternoon, March 27, 2024, in New York City due to complications from a fall,” according to the family in a statement shared online by CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“He was 82 years old. His beloved wife, Hadassah, and members of his family were with him as he passed,” the family said in the statement.

The late Democrat senator’s family concluded the statement, “Senator Lieberman’s love of God, his family, and America endured throughout his life of service in the public interest.”

“I remember him fondly. Gore/Lieberman was a very strong ticket who should have won in 2000,” wrote someone in response to Tapper’s post on X, formerly Twitter. In 2000, Joe Lieberman ran as the vice-presidential candidate with then-Vice President Al Gore as the Democrat nominee against then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

The Texas governor, with former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney as his running mate, prevailed over Gore and Lieberman in 2000 in an electoral victory planned by political strategist Karl Rove. But Lieberman had an independent streak for much of his career. He campaigned for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in his presidential run against then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) in 2008.

Tributes began pouring in Wednesday as news of Lieberman’s death spread far and wide. His admirers sent their condolences and accolades, calling Lieberman “A man of integrity.”

According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, one in four people older than 65 in this country suffer from a fall. It is the leading cause of injury for this age group. An urgent care physician who authored the report says anything can be a tripping hazard for older people. Even turning too quickly can cause a fall.