BREAKING: Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Senate Pro-Temp, has died. His last words were, "Aloha," according to his office.—
Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) December 17, 2012
Hawaiian Sen. Inouye, 88, passed away this afternoon at Walter Reed Army Medical Center due to respiratory complications. Prayers and tributes are pouring in:
According to AP, Sen. Daniel Inouye has just died. Met him last year when doing a story about Pearl Harbor anniversary. A lovely man.—
Liz Davies (@davieseliz) December 17, 2012
I'm pretty sad that Daniel Inouye died. He was almost certainly my favorite Senator, and his life story is fascinating. Incredible guy.—
Esten Hurtle (@esten) December 17, 2012
We just lost an American hero. Daniel Inouye.—
Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) December 17, 2012
Oh no. Senator Daniel Inouye has passed away. True American hero and patriot.—
Nick (@whereishawkins) December 17, 2012
I saw Inouye bring a crowd of veterans to tears earlier this year telling his stories from WWII. Unbelievable life. RIP.—
Elise Foley (@elisefoley) December 17, 2012
RIP Senator Daniel Inouye – a genuine hero of the Greatest Generation and a friend and role model to all of us in the Senate—
John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) December 17, 2012
Inouye received the Medal of Honor for his service during World War II.
Oh damn. Sen. Inouye who fought Nazis in WWII RIP. TY for US service and friendship to Israel —
Ron M. (@Jewtastic) December 17, 2012
Sen. Inouye was one of our nation's greatest heroes.—
Drew (@FigDrewton) December 17, 2012
RIP Dan Inouye – one of the greatest Americans of his generation, and a true patriot. Mahalo, Dan.—
Jake McIntyre (@jakemcintyre) December 17, 2012
Wow, sorry to hear Sen. Inouye has passed away. He was a real hero.—
Brandon Kiser (@Kiser) December 17, 2012
If you don't know about Sen. Inouye's impressive and courageous military career, please take a few moments to honor him by learning it now.—
Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) December 17, 2012
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.