WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A family friend of former
Alaska Senator Ted Stevens said he has not received
confirmation that the lawmaker had died in a plane crash
overnight, despite previous television reports that quoted the
friend as saying that he had perished.

The friend, Dave Dittman, told local Alaska news outlets
that he had been told Stevens had died in the crash, but in a
new statement said "that has not been confirmed."
(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky, editing by Stacey Joyce)