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Dodd’s sister passes away

Sen. Chris Dodd’s sister, Martha Buonanno, passed away Monday night after a battle with cancer, according to his office. She was 68 years old.

Dodd and many members of his staff were very close with Buonanno over the years.

“Martha was a loving sister, wife, mother, and grandmother who will be missed dearly by the senator, their family, friends, and everyone who knew her,” said Bryan DeAngelis, a spokesman for Dodd. “The Senator and his family are grateful for all of the support, prayers and well-wishes that they have received from friends and colleagues.”

Buonanno was also close with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The two attended Trinity University in Washington, D.C., together and have reportedly remained close since then.

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