Tom Hayden, prominent social activist, politician dead at 76

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Oct 24 (Reuters) - Veteran social activist and politician Tom Hayden, a stalwart of America's New Left who served 18 years in California's state legislature and gained a dash of Hollywood glamour by marrying actress Jane Fonda, has died aged 76, according to media reports.

Hayden died in Santa Monica, California, after a long illness, The Los Angeles Times reported on its website.

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"A political giant and dear friend has passed," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wrote on Twitter, adding "Tom Hayden fought harder for what he believed than just about anyone I have known."

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Hayden, who forged his political activism as a founding member of Students for a Democratic Society, which stood at the core of the 1960s anti-war and civil rights movements, was principal author of the group's revolutionary manifesto, the Port Huron Statement.

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January 6 -- Pat Harrington, Jr., actor in 'One Day at a Time,' died at 86 from complications from Alzheimer's disease.

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January 11 -- Singer David Bowie died after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69.

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January 14 -- Actor Alan Rickman, popular for playing Professor Snape in the 'Harry Potter' films, died at 69 after battling cancer.

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January 18 -- Glenn Frey, founding member of The Eagles, died at age 67 due to complications from multiple ailments.

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January 29 -- Paul Kantner, guitarist, vocalist and founding member of the band Jefferson Airplane, passed away at age 74 of multiple organ failure following a heart attack.

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February 2 -- Jibri Bryan, #34, of the Mercer Bears was killed in a shooting at age 23.

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February 4 -- Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, the sixth person to walk on the moon, passed away at 85 under hospice care.

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February 13 -- United States Supreme Court justice, Antonin Scalia.

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February 19 -- Author of the beloved novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

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March 9 -- Beatles producer Sir George Martin passed away at age 90, as announced by Ringo Starr on Twitter.

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March 16 -- Singer Frank Sinatra Jr.

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March 24 -- Comedian Garry Shandling at age 66. 

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March 29 -- Oscar winning actress Patty Duke, at the age of 69.

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The University of Michigan student ventured into the Deep South, where he joined voter registration campaigns and was arrested and beaten while taking part in the "freedom rider" protests against racial segregation.

Hayden, however, became perhaps best known as one of the "Chicago Eight" activists tried on conspiracy and incitement charges following protests at the turbulent 1968 Democratic National Convention. He was ultimately acquitted of all charges.

A New York Times book review of his 1988 memoir, "Reunion," one of more than 20 books published under his name, called Hayden "the single greatest figure of the 1960s student movement."

Outliving contemporaries Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Eldridge Cleaver and Huey Newton, Hayden remained active in left-wing politics well into the 21st century, posting on Twitter just a week ago.

Winning election himself to the California state Assembly in 1982, and then the state Senate a decade later, Hayden went on to serve a total of 18 years.

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A US soldier from the Third Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, mans a gun turret on tank along Route 13, Vietnam, 1967. (Photo Co Rentmeester/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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Marines of the 1st Battalion 26th fighting near the village of Gia Binh, Vietnam on Sept. 23, 1966. (AP Photo)
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U.S. Marine “Ontos”-armored track vehicle with six 106mm recoilless rifles and two 50-caliber machineguns stands in front of the “Rockpile” near the demilitarized zone in Vietnam on Oct. 13, 1966. Ontos spearheaded Marine attacks into North Vietnamese-held positions in villages and along the neutral zone. Rockpile was key position that Marine took after heavy fighting. (AP Photo/GR)
Grim-faced U.S. marine fires his m60 machine gun, concealed behind logs and resting in a shallow hole, during the battle against north Vietnamese regulars for hill 484, just south of the demilitarized zone, Oct. 10, 1966. After three weeks of bitter fighting, the 3rd battalion of the 4th marines took the hill the week of October 2. Authorities in Saigon said on October 10 that U.S. military units are being rushed northward to strengthen defenses against bed thrusts across the Six-mile zone. (AP Photo)
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US Army Captain Peter Dawkins, during tour of duty in Vietnam, working as advisor to an Vietnamese Airborne Battalion, 1966. (Photo by Charles Bonnay/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
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U.S. Marines run to their foxholes as North Vietnamese mortars begin zeroing in on their positions during Operation Hastings near the demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam on July 17, 1966. Man at right holds his armored vest, which most GIs in Vietnam wear constantly for protection against mortar shrapnel. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)
Captain Charles S. Robb, President Johnson’s son-law, took over the command of a Marine rifle company in Danang, April 9, 1968. Here former company commander Capt. James R. Reeder (Evansville, Indiana), salutes Captain Robb (facing camera) during the take-over of company. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams)
A wounded U.S. Marine, center, is helped by two comrades, one of whom has his arm in a sling, as they walk through tall grass toward the top of Hill 689 where the wounded are evacuated by helicopter, April 30, 1968. The marines fought North Vietnamese on a ridge, located 2 1/2 miles west of Khe Sanh, in a battle to retrieve the bodies of marines killed previously. (AP Photo)
Marine Capt. Robb walks towards a group of Vietnamese who were being questioned by a Marine interpreter during a company sized operation led by Robb in Danang in May 1968. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams)
Marine company commander with the 7th Marine Regt. 1st Marine Division Capt. Charles Robb (son-in-law of Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson) with his radioman at his side during an operation in Vietnam in May 1968. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams)
U.S. Marines watch supplies float down under parachutes into the drop zone at the Khe Sanh combat base near the demilitarized zone in South Vietnam on March 29, 1968. (AP Photo)
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White phosphorous bomblets burn in midair to create a smoke screen alongside the Khe Sanh runway to protect planes landing with supplies and reinforcements at the U.S. Marine base near the demilitarized zone in South Vietnam, March 10, 1968 during the Vietnam War. The smoke screen, laid by a lowflying jet, hides the base against snipers, close-by mortars and North Vietnamese artillery. (AP Photo/Robert Ohman)
U.S. Navy boats on the Mekong between Vinh Long and Mytho in Vietnam on March 6, 1968. (AP Photo/Phuc)
U.S. Marine tank guards residential section of Hue in South Vietnam on March 3, 1968 after fighting with the communists had largely died down. (AP Photo)
Lance Cpl. Richard Moyes, 19, of Cincinnati, Ohio, totes a sack of sand to strengthen fortifications in the “V-Ring” of Khe Sanh, Vietnam on Feb. 12, 1968 where a large U.S. Marine force is braced for an expected massive North Vietnamese attack. (AP Photo/John T. Wheeler)
U. S. soldier giving first aid to the wounded in Vietnam in 1968. (AP Photo)
U.S. Marine stands with head bowed as other Marines carry body of comrade through mud of a rice paddy to helicopter evacuation point in Vietnam on Jan. 6, 1968. Scores of Marines were killed and wounded wear Hoi An, 25 miles southwest of Da Nang, South Vietnam. (AP Photo/Kim Ki Sam)
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In this March 29, 1973 photo, Camp Alpha, Uncle Sam’s out processing center, was chaos in Saigon. Lines of bored soldiers snaked through customs and briefing rooms. As the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam 40 years ago, angry protesters still awaited them at home. North Vietnamese soldiers took heart from their foes' departure, and South Vietnamese who had helped the Americans feared for the future. While the fall of Saigon two years later — with its indelible images of frantic helicopter evacuations — is remembered as the final day of the Vietnam War, Friday marks an anniversary that holds greater meaning for many who fought, protested or otherwise lived it. (AP Photo)
South Vietnamese forces follow after terrified children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, as they run down Route 1 near Trang Bang after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places on June 8, 1972. A South Vietnamese plane accidentally dropped its flaming napalm on South Vietnamese troops and civilians. The terrified girl had ripped off her burning clothes while fleeing. The children from left to right are: Phan Thanh Tam, younger brother of Kim Phuc, who lost an eye, Phan Thanh Phouc, youngest brother of Kim Phuc, Kim Phuc, and Kim's cousins Ho Van Bon, and Ho Thi Ting. Behind them are soldiers of the Vietnam Army 25th Division. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
South Vietnamese tank attacks Viet Cong and North Vietnamese roadblocks along Route 1 near Trang Bang, on Route 130 M., northwest of Saigon, Jan. 28, 1973 as ceasefire goes into effect. Left, smoke rises from air strikes. Communist-led troops have cut road from Saigon to province town of Tay Ninh, scene of 2 days of heavy fighting. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Later he became director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center, a nonprofit left-wing think tank devoted mainly to analysis of continued U.S. military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, drug policy and global poverty.

Hayden was married to actress Jane Fonda from 1973 to 1990, with whom he had two children. Midway through their marriage, the couple graced the cover of People Magazine.

In later years his writings were published in national publications including The New York Times, the Boston Globe and the Denver Post. He served on the editorial board and was a columnist for The Nation magazine, and was the author of more than 20 books.

Tributes poured in on social media, including from actress Martha Plimpton, who wrote on Twitter: "Rest in peace, Tom Hayden. And thank you. Love to all who knew & worked w him. Esp his family, and @Janefonda. He was a good man."

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