- Former Massachusetts Republican Sen. Edward Brooke died Saturday at the age of 95
- He was the first black Republican senator elected to office since Reconstruction
- Leaders from both parties -- including the President -- mourn his death and praised his work in the legislative body
Washington (CNN)Edward Brooke -- the first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate -- passed away Saturday, according to family spokesman Ralph Neas and the Massachusetts Republican Party. Brooke was 95.