Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), 89, died this morning of viral pneumonia. The news was first reported by The Bergen Record, citing the Senator's office and the statement from his Washington office is here.
Lautenberg, 89, was the oldest member of the Senate and the last to have served in World War II. He announced in February that he would not seek re-election in 2014.
Lautenberg was elected to the Senate in 1982 and was re-elected in 1988 and 1994. He took a break from the Senate and was elected to a fourth term in 2002, followed by re-election to his fifth term in 2008. As an outspoken member of the commerce committee, he often defended the Federal Communications Commission's ban on cross-media ownership.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will appoint a successor until the next regularly scheduled election in 2014.