EDWARD KENNEDY, who headed Americas most famous family after his brothers were assassinated, died from a brain tumour today aged 77. Senator Kennedy had been a domi- nant force in liberal US politics for half a century. President Barack Obama said the US had lost a great leader. In 2006 Time magazine named him one of the Ten Best Senators, saying he had amassed a titanic record of legislation. Known as Teddy, he was the brother of President John Kennedy, assassinated in 1963, and Senator into a pond on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. Mary Jo Kopechne, 28, was found dead in the submerged car 10 hours later. Kennedy, then 37, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and received a two-month suspended sentence and a years probation. Although the White House eluded him, he was seen as one of the most effective lawmakers in recent Washington history. President Obama awa rde d h i m t he 2 0 0 9 Presidential Medal Of Freedom, Americas highest civilian honour. Kennedy constantly called for British troops to Robert Kennedy, killed five years later. The family was regarded as the closest thing America had to royalty. But Teddys hopes of becoming president were dashed in 1969 when he drove his car off a bridge and London Lite Wednesday, 26 August 2009 by david gardner Kennedy dynasty: Robert, left, Edward and John in 1962 be removed from Northern Ireland. But he later modified his stance and in 2005 publicly snubbed Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams by cancelling a meeting. In March this year, Kennedy was awarded an honorary knighthood for his services to the UKs relationship with the US and to the Northern Ireland peace process. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May last year and had suc- cessful surgery. But he suffered a seizure during President Obamas inauguration in January. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said today: Even facing illness and death, he never stopped fighting for causes. Teddy Kennedy loses his fight for life at 77 A great leader: Kennedy and Obama at the inauguration H Inbrief Electronic book at your fingers AN electroNic book that allows readers to turn pages simply by flicking a finger across the virtual page was launched in the UK today. the Sony reader touch is the first electronic book to use a touchscreen, and can store up to 350 books. it can be pre-ordered from Waterstones. Suicideoftycoon who feared ruin A tYcooN hanged himself in his room at a top london hotel when he found out he was about to go bankrupt, Westminster coroners court heard today. edward Fairless, 66, who had interests in casinos including the crystal rooms in leicester Square, died at the St Martins lane Hotel in June. Fiennes air lover inassaultcharge tHe air hostess sacked by Qantas after confessing to a mile-high fling with actor ralph Fiennes in 2007 has been charged with assault. lisa robertson, 40, is accused of attacking another woman outside a restaurant in Australia on 16 August. it is alleged robertson inflicted facial injuries.