Former Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran is dead. The famed Republican was 81. (The Hill)

Cochran, who served as the Senate Appropriations Committee chairman, resigned from the Senate in April 2018 because of health concerns.

The office of his successor, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), announced his death on Thursday.

“Cochran’s family extends its gratitude for the support shown to the Senator by Mississippians over the years,” the office said in a statement.

Cochran served in Congress for 45 years.

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