Former Sen. Tom Coburn dies at 72

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(THE HILL) Former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn (R) has died at the age of 72 following a long battle with prostate cancer.

A source close to the family confirmed to The Hill that Coburn died Friday night. Coburn announced in 2013 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and later stepped down from the Senate before the end of his term.

“He lived every day as if it were his last and took grand stands without grandstanding. It was never about him,” Coburn’s former communications director John Hart tweeted. “He took on all sides and was loved by all sides. A model and mentor for the ages.”

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