Rod Grams, former U.S. senator and KMSP anchor, dies at age 65 - KMSP-TV

Rod Grams, former U.S. senator and KMSP anchor, dies at age 65

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  • The life and legacy of Rod Grams

    The life and legacy of Rod Grams

    Wednesday, October 9 2013 1:17 PM EDT2013-10-09 17:17:32 GMT
    Rod Grams always seemed right there with us, whether we were viewers or voters. In so many ways, he was so Minnesotan – so much like one of us.
    Rod Grams always seemed right there with us, whether we were viewers or voters. In so many ways, he was so Minnesotan – so much like one of us.
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Rod Grams, a former U.S. senator and KMSP news anchor, died Monday night at his home in Crown, Minn., a family spokesperson said. He was 65.

Grams had been in hospice care since early September following a colon cancer diagnosis in April 2012. The cancer metastasized into an aggressive form of liver cancer and the chemotherapy simply stopped working.

"I always feel my last breath here is my first breath in heaven, and I'm very comfortable with that," Grams told FOX 9 by phone in September.

After sitting as lead anchorman for KMSP-TV for more than a decade, and keeping his politics to himself, he was elected to serve one term in the U.S. House of Representatives -- a move that came as a surprise to his co-anchor, Heather Harden.

"None of us knew his politics when we worked with him," she said. "That's how private he was."

Grams then served a single-term in the U.S. Senate, from 1995 to 2001. He lost his re-election bid to now-Gov. Mark Dayton.

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