Senator Daniel Inouye, Democrat of Hawaii, died today due to respiratory problems. His last word was "aloha." Inouye was 88 and served in the Senate for fifty years. Recent reports had stated that Inouye was fighting emphysema and complications due to lung surgery, which he had in the 1960s and reduced his capacity to take in oxygen.
Daniel Inouye served in World War II, and has represented Hawaii since it achieved statehood in 1959. He held the largely ceremonial position of President Pro Tempore (often given to the Senate's most senior member) and sat on the Senate Appropriations Committee.