Dianne Feinstein, influential California senator, dies at 90 after a career spanning over 28 September 2023, 30 years in US politics. 

She held the title of being the Senate's senior-most member and participated in voting as recently as Thursday.

Over the past few months, the California Democrat had been the subject of inquiries regarding potential memory and cognitive challenges.

In April, Feinstein was hospitalized following a "minor fall" at her residence, which added to a string of health-related concerns.

Many San Franciscans in recent years wondered why Senator Feinstein was adamant about remaining in office as her health declined,

Saying it tarnished her reputation. Some of her backers, though, said criticism of her decision was sexist, and that she should make her own choices.