Ex-Sen. McGovern nears death, family at his side

October 18, 2012 - 2:33 PM
McGovern Hospice Care

FILE - In this April 18, 2009, file photo former Sen. George McGovern delivers remarks at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Ann McGovern, the former senator's daughter, said Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, it's a blessing that she and other family members are able to surround her father as he declines in hospice care in South Dakota. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern is surrounded by his family members as he nears the end of his life.

Family spokesman Steve Hildebrand tells The Associated Press that 90-year-old McGovern is peaceful and resting. He has been in hospice care since Monday. His family said he was no longer responsive Wednesday.

Hildebrand says his condition hasn't changed and that McGovern is "at the end stages of his life."

McGovern was the Democratic presidential candidate who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide. He was a member of the U.S. House from 1957 to 1961 and a U.S. senator from 1963 to 1981. In recent years, he turned his focus to world hunger.