Former Senator Heflin Dies

Former US Senator Howell Heflin has died at the age of 83.

Heflin served as Alabama’s chief justice before becoming a key arbiter of senatorial behavior during three terms in Washington.

The cause of his death has not been determined.

Heflin had undergone heart procedures in recent years.

A spokeswoman said he had been admitted to Keller hospital in Sheffield.

Heflin, a Democrat, was elected to the US Senate in 1978.

He retired after 18 years.