Beau Biden dies after a battle with brain cancer
Beau Biden, 46, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, has died after being diagnosed with brain cancer several years ago, according to a statement released by the Vice President’s office last night.
In the statement, the Vice President said his son had battled brain cancer “with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.”
Joseph R. Biden III, the eldest son of the Vice President, better known as Beau, was the Attorney General of Delaware for two terms. He is survived by his wife Hallie and two children.
He had been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., little over a week ago.
The Vice President recalled his son’s work as a lawyer to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo, and mentioned his service as a major in the Delaware National Guard. He was an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star.
“More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother,” the statement read. “His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father's saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did. In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.”
President Barack Obama issued his and First Lady Michelle’s condolences highlighting Biden’s work as attorney general and his service in Iraq as well as his personal qualities.
“Like his dad, Beau was a good, big-hearted, devoutly Catholic and deeply faithful man, who made a difference in the lives of all he touched – and he lives on in their hearts,” the President wrote.
The Bidens “have a family right here in the White House, where hundreds of hearts ache tonight – for Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter; for Joe and for Jill; for Beau’s brother, Hunter; his sister, Ashley, and for the entire Biden clan,” the President wrote.
Biden had experienced a mild stroke in 2010, but suffered further medical complications in its aftermath.
Vice President Biden’s first wife, Neilia, and his 13-month-old daughter, Naomi, died in a car accident in 1972. Beau and his brother, Hunter, were also in the vehicle but survived the impact, The New York Times wrote yesterday as the news of Beau Biden’s death broke.
Biden had announced his intention to run for governor of Delaware in next year’s elections.