Lugar died from complications of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, a neurological disorder.
"His loving wife Char, his four sons Mark, Bob, John, and David and their families were with him throughout his short illness in the hospital," the center's announcement read.
For thirty-six years, Richard Lugar proved that pragmatism and decency work—not only in Washington but all over the world. Michelle and I send our warmest sympathies to his family and all those who had the privilege of knowing this American statesman. pic.twitter.com/Oy5DzPwkGb— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 28, 2019
Lugar was a longtime Republican senator from 1977 to 2013. He was unseated in a 2012 primary and went on to helm the Lugar Center, whose work focuses in part on nonproliferation.
Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor Sen. Lugar.
Hoosiers are saddened today to learn of the passing of one of our greatest statesmen, Senator Richard Lugar. Senator Lugar’s contributions to the life of our nation are countless. My statement: pic.twitter.com/Rxp9pq89wQ— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) April 28, 2019
Flags should be flown at half-staff from now until sunset on the day of his funeral, which has not yet been announced.