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McGovern nears death with family at his side

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern is nearing the end of his life, surrounded by family members bracing for his death.

Family spokesman Steve Hildebrand tells The Associated Press that 90-year-old McGovern is peaceful and resting. He has been in hospice care since Monday. His family announced that he was no longer responsive Wednesday.

Hildebrand says his condition hasn't changed, and McGovern is "at the end stages of his life."

McGovern was the Democratic presidential candidate who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide. He was a member of the U.S. House from 1957 to 1961 and a U.S. senator from 1963 to 1981. In recent years, he turned his focus to world hunger.

McGovern and his late wife Eleanor previously lived part-time in Stevensville, Mont.

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