The Washington Post is reporting that former U.S. Senator Dick Lugar has passed away.

He was 87.

Lugar was a leader in foreign affairs and nuclear disarmament.

According to a news release from the Lugar Center,  the former Senator died peacefully this morning at 1:44 am. at the Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia.

The cause of death was complications from CIDP (chronic inflammatory demylinating polyneuropathy).

Lugar served as Mayor of Indianapolis from 1968 to 1975.   And he served in the U.S. Senate from 1977 to 2013.

Lugar’s wife Char and four sons, Bob, John, and David and their families were with him throughout his short illness in the hospital.

Indy Politics interviewed him back in December about the death of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush as well as the state of politics and foreign affairs.

You can hear that conversation by clicking here.