RIP: Sen. Daniel Inouye, WWII hero, has died; President issues statement

Hawaiian Sen. Inouye, 88, passed away this afternoon at Walter Reed Army Medical Center due to respiratory complications. Prayers and tributes are pouring in:

Inouye received the Medal of Honor for his service during World War II.

Godspeed, Sen. Inouye. Thank you for your service to this country.


President Obama has issued a statement on the passing of Sen. Inouye.

Tonight, our country has lost a true American hero with the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye. The second-longest serving Senator in the history of the chamber, Danny represented the people of Hawaii in Congress from the moment they joined the Union. In Washington, he worked to strengthen our military, forge bipartisan consensus, and hold those of us in government accountable to the people we were elected to serve. But it was his incredible bravery during World War II – including one heroic effort that cost him his arm but earned him the Medal of Honor – that made Danny not just a colleague and a mentor, but someone revered by all of us lucky enough to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Inouye family.

  • Eric Ellis

    R.I.P. Senator Inouye , and my condolences to your family.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    R.I.P. Senator Inouye

  • Grandma HeadInjury

    A good, good man. R.I.P

  • Danny Wheeler

    Farewell, Sen. Inouye.

  • Booker

    RIP. Inouye.

  • JeffWRidge

    Rest in peace, Senator. I rarely agreed with you, but I always appreciated your service to our country.

  • Todd Hill

    In this forum I’ve noticed once again the distinct lack of incivility by those on the right towards the death of this Democrat senator. It’s a rather common phenomenon amongst my conservative cohorts, and I’m glad to see them continuing to practice it here.

  • kate_middleton

    Truly a hero and exemplary role model.

  • $18912735

    Aloha brah.

  • Blake Waymire

    I may not have agreed with his politics, but I definitely respected Sen. Inouye far more than most of his compatriots. He truly earned that Medal of Honor, and I’m sad to see a real hero go. I will be praying for his family.

  • Brian Mouland

    RIP DI

  • Brian Mouland

    RIP DI