Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic candidate for vice-president in 2000 who had left the party and was backing a third-party bid for the White House this year, has died aged 82.

The former senator from Connecticut died suddenly due to complications from a fall, his family said in a statement on Wednesday. “Senator Lieberman’s love of God, his family, and America endured throughout his life in the public interest,” they said.

Lieberman, who embodied the increasingly lonely centre in US politics, was most recently the founding chair of No Labels, a bipartisan group aiming to launch a presidential ticket to challenge Joe Biden and Donald Trump in this year’s election. But the group had yet to find candidates for the campaign.

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