U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye Dead at 88

Mark Quezada

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, one of the nation’s most influential and powerful leaders, died Monday from respiratory complications while at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Although Inouye, 88, had been hospitalized since Dec. 6, his death comes as a surprise, in part because his staff closely guarded information about his conditions from the media and his colleagues.

In a statement released by Inouye’s office, the senator’s last words were, "Aloha." He is survived by his wife, Irene Hirano Inouye, his son Daniel Ken Inouye Jr., Ken's wife Jessica, and granddaughter Maggie and step-daughter Jennifer Hirano.

“I loved him. I’ll miss him,” said Walter Dods, who was Inouye’s long-time campaign manager. "He was a giant and we will never see another person like that again in Hawaii. And he single-handedly carried our economy for many years."

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