November 29th, 2007
10:40 AM ET
15 years ago

Former Rep. Hyde dies

Hyde died early Thursday morning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Congressman Henry Hyde, a Republican from Illinois, died early Thursday morning. He was 83.

Hyde's death was confirmed by a spokesman in the office of Republican leader John Boehner.

He had been ill for some time and had open heart surgery in July. In his final years in office, he was wheelchair bound and frail.

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  1. Ronnie.Irving,Texas

    Oh how sad! Another old dinosaur from DC has passed on.I hope the flames don't burn your feet!

    November 29, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. pat huntington ny

    I disagreed with this man's positions on almost all social issues. I was disgusted by the cavalier manner in which he prosecuted the Clinton impeachment hearings. I found him to be arrogant. I can't think of a good thing to say about this man who also spearheaded a homophobic anti gay agenda. I hope he's finally learning that his intollerance has cost this country a great deal. Too bad he's probably busy trying to find a cool place among all the flames he now had to dodge.

    November 29, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Bill Clinton stumbles on stump for wife.

    November 29, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Lisa Cameron, Marlborough, MA

    I do not think that it is relevant that Kerr has any affiliation to Senator Hillary Clintons campaign. His question directly affects thousands of americans serving in our armed forces every day. The really hard question here that was not asked is "why are so many women serving in our military being raped by our own soldiers and nothing is being done about it. There has not been one story done on this disturbing situation, and it seems like more of a cover up than anything else.

    November 29, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Scott, Dallas TX

    YEAHHH!!! Another facist republican we don't have to deal with anymore. Hope he enjoys the warm weather in hell.

    November 29, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Chuck

    After more than 3 dozen partisan witchhunt investiagations of President Clinton by the Republican House of Representatives that found nothing at all, I won't forget Hyde presiding over the impeachment hearings wearing robes with football stripes at the shoulders. Seini Dai!

    November 29, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Lannie

    You were a true believer and never distanced your self, from what you
    believed in. Although your fellow libs
    on the other side of isle, tried to discount you, with lies.
    I think all on both sides, believe you
    were a true gentlemen!

    November 29, 2007 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Tolu, Minneapolis, MN

    R.I.P., Mr. Hyde

    November 29, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Christian, Fort Mill, SC

    Truly a great loss.
    The man was a statesman if I ever saw one. I had the privelege to meet him in 2000 at a GOP Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner in Lincolnton, NC.
    He will be missed.

    November 29, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. anon New York, NY

    I'm a staunch Democrat, but cheering the death of someone is utterly tasteless.

    November 29, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Alice, Seattle, WA

    News of another death of retirement of a Republican should solicite all the nutjobs to come out with tasteless comments. How "progressive" of them.

    November 29, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. cathy, boston,ma

    Salute to Mr. Hyde. May God bless you.

    November 29, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    In his efforts to show what a "big man" he was, chairing the Clinton hearings, he cost the taxpayers over $50 million with his antics with continued investigations and threats and other chest-thumping non-sense.

    Be proud DuPage County, you put a real louse in the house!

    November 29, 2007 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    A great man. His legacy of collaboration and compromise has sadly been forgotton by all recent congresses who seem to only know the "party-line" and choose to leave "individual conscience at the door". He had great hair!! Farewell hero and patriot!

    November 29, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Paul, Tampa, FL

    Chuck, that was the Chief Justice of the United States, William Rehnquist, who was wearing stripes at the Senate trial. Congressman Hyde was the hypocrit who had his own extra marital affair revealed during the Clinton trial.

    November 29, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Brent R. Mt. Sterling, KY

    Poor Scott in Dallas. I don't think an American who is happy about the death of a fellow American is likely to spend eternity in comfort.
    I will remember Rep. Hyde as one of the great conservative voices of our time, a champion of the unborn, and a man who served with dignity and honor. It is a great loss for the state of Illinois and our country.

    November 29, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Cody Harding, Kinsley, KS

    I may not agree with his Impeachment of Clinton in the 90's, but one thing that is undeniable is that Hyde was a man who would stick to his beliefs, and follow them through like a man. He never acted unless he had researched the information and believed the information was correct. He was level-headed, calm under pressure, and a spectacular statesman.

    May you rest well, Senator. You deserve it.

    November 29, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Brad, from the great state of Texas

    Way to go Scott... let's see how you feel when someone cheers the death of someone you know! I'm sure the Islamists in Iran are also celebrating this news... by the way, has your visa expired, 'cause we don't want you here anymore!

    November 29, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Chris Montgomery, AL

    Normally I don't respond to idiots that live in their parents basement but Scott is a typical looser that has so much hate in his life he has to attack people that are dead. Good going Scott you are prime example of a brain washed lefty. Oh and the Chief Justice Renquist was the one with the strips on his robe Chuck and Bill Clinton did lie.

    November 29, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Huck Norris, Face Kick, CA

    Hey, I know! We could shoot his body to Mars!

    Because if someone has an opinion that's different from mine, I say they need to be shot into space.

    November 29, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Dignity, honor, gentleman?? This incredible hypocrite loudly criticized Clinton, but, unlike Clinton, Hyde seduced a MARRIED woman while he was married himself. He even had the nerve to take her out to public places. Then, when exposed years later, he disgracefully blamed it on "a youthful indescretion", dishonestly ignoring that he was in his 40's at the time. Those were FACTS, not liberal lies. Some mindless supporters even wanted the FBI to investigate who had TOLD THE TRUTH about him.

    Henry Hyde would make a perfect "Poster Child for HYPOCRISY".

    November 29, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Steve. Sterling Virginia

    Hyde, just like Newt Gingrich was a complete hypocrite. He led the impeachment against Clinton, knowinig fully well that he himself had an affair in his 40s. Good riddance.

    November 29, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Lilarose, Rogue River, Oregon

    My brief post about Henry Hyde's extramarital affair with Cherie Snodgrass was removed from this forum. Yet another post mentions the affair. CNN, why did you remove my post?? It was respectful and is a fair explanation of the hypocracy that was prevalent during the impeachment proceedings of President Clinton.

    This post might stay on the website until it is "vetted," so read fast!

    November 29, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Didn't like the man, but he does have a family who must be mourning his loss. My condolences to them and may he rest in peace.

    November 29, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Melissa, Dallas, TX

    If that's a recent photo of him, he looked pretty good for 83.

    November 29, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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