SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Famed '60s anti-war activist Tom Hayden, whose name became forever linked with the celebrated Chicago 7 trial, Vietnam War protests and his ex-wife actress Jane Fonda, has died. He was 76.
(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. "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." 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.