Harry Reid, a longtime US senator from Nevada and former Democratic leader, dies at 82

Then-Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid holds a news conference in 2009.
Harry Reid

Harry Reid, the scrappy former Democratic Senate leader who spearheaded epic legislative battles through three decades in Congress, has died at the age of 82, according to a statement from his wife, Landra Reid.

“I am heartbroken to announce the passing of my husband, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He died peacefully this afternoon, surrounded by our family, following a courageous, four-year battle with pancreatic cancer,” she said in a statement.