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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.

    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.”

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    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.