Bumpers had been in failing health for months. In December he suffered a broken hip in a fall at his home. Surgery was deemed successful but he remained bedridden after returning home from a Little Rock hospital.
“Dale Bumpers was a governor of profound historical importance, the most eloquent defender of our constitution in the Senate, a man who put his considerable gifts of wisdom, wit, and passion to work for the common good,” Bill Clinton said in a statement on Saturday.
“The entire state mourns the loss of an Arkansas legend,” current Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said in a statement.
Arrangements for his memorial service are being handled by Roller-Chenal Funeral Homes.