1Kennedy a selfless , popular figure : EU .
2The European Commission remembered Edward Kennedy on Wednesday as `` one of the most popular and effective legislators in American history '' who also sought to help the developing world .
3`` The commission is very sad to hear of the death of senator Kennedy , '' said the EU 's executive branch in a statement a few hours after his death at the age of 77 was announced by his family .
4`` He was a selfless public servant who fought for the rights of all Americans and sought to help people in developing countries across the globe , '' it said .
5`` He will be remembered as one of the most popular and effective legislators in American history . ''