Sargent Shriver, father-in-law of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and father of Maria Shriver, died today at the age of 95. The former vice-presidential candidate had Alzheimer's and was hospitalized Sunday in Bethesda, Md.
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The Shriver family issued the following statement Tuesday:
"Bethesda, Md., Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 5:30 p.m. Eastern
"Our dad, Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr., lovingly known as 'Sarge,' today went to heaven to join the love of his life, our mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. He was surrounded by his five children, five children in-law, and his 19 grandchildren.
"He was a man of giant love, energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. He lived to make the world a more joyful, faithful, and compassionate place. He centered everything on his faith and his family. He worked on stages both large and small but in the end, he will be best known for his love of others. No one ever came into his presence without feeling his passion and his enthusiasm for them. He loved God, he loved Eunice, he loved us, he loved anyone who was a servant of peace, justice or joy. He loved life.
"We pray that his spirit and example will guide us as we accept the challenge of living as he did. We will miss him forever. May the angels and saints and all his family receive him with a party beyond all imagining.
"- The family of Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr.
"For more information on his life visit www.sargentshriver.org"
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