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C. Bruce Brown, father of Sen. Scott Brown

The father of Senator Scott Brown died Thursday, the senator said in a statement.

C. Bruce Brown, 75, a Plum Island resident and former Newburyport city councilor, had been hospitalized and in an assisted-living facility for the past year and had suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

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Brown’s father and mother divorced when he was young, and each remarried several times. The senator wrote extensively about his abusive step­fathers and his longing for a ­relationship with his real father in his autobiography, “Against All Odds.” But in recent years, Brown and his father had ­reunited.

“Growing up, my relationship with my Dad was a complicated one,” Brown said in a statement. “As we have both matured, our relationship, ­respect, and love for each other also matured. He was a good man with a big heart.”

Brown said he and his wife, Gail, and their two daughters expressed their appreciation to his father’s wife.

“Gail, Ayla, and Arianna and I are thankful for his wife ­Peggy, her family, and their unwavering love for him during his final days,’’ Brown wrote. “I will miss his guidance and sense of humor.’’

Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.

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