John Murtha died from complications of gallbladder surgery today at the age of 77. Hospital staff from Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington have reported that his family was at his bedside when he died.
The former Marine was elected in 1974 and for most of career was seen as a voice for the Veterans for many years, respected by both Democrats and Republicans when it came to military issues. This changed when he opposed the Iraq War.
He did have some questionable dealings while serving and stuck up for earmarks, saying that they benefited his constituents. He had also written a book detailing his life, entitled "From Vietnam to 9/11."