Former Missouri Republican Rep. Todd Akin died on Sunday after a multi-year battle with cancer, his family has reported.
The former congressman ran for Senate in 2012 and is perhaps best known for his unfortunately comments about rape that demolished his chance of winning.
During a 2012 response to the issue of abortion, he made a reference to cases of “legitimate rape.” Opponents quickly called out the horrendous statement of suggesting rape could ever be legitimate.
Akin later released a statement apologizing for the remark, claiming “deep empathy” for all women who have experienced rape. However, the comments were insufficient, leaving Akin known for his terrible quote.
Former Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri died late Sunday at age 74. He sunk his 2012 bid for Senate with a comment about “legitimate rape.” https://t.co/QLFi9ZDc5Q
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 4, 2021
“As my father’s death approached, we had people from all different walks of life share story after story of the personal impact he had on them,” Perry Akin said in a statement to The Associated Press.
“He was a devout Christian, a great father, and a friend to many. We cherish many fond memories from him driving the tractor at our annual hayride, to his riveting delivery of the freedom story at 4th of July parties dressed in the full uniform of a colonial minuteman. The family is thankful for his legacy: a man with a servant’s heart who stood for truth,” he added.
Akin’s career may have ended after the campaign, but he leaves a leagacy that has impacted his family and many others, according to the words of his family members.