Elizabeth Edwards Loses Long Battle With Cancer at 61

December 7, 2010

(ChattahBox US News)— Elizabeth Edwards, 61, wife of former presidential hopeful and Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards, lost her long battle with breast cancer this morning. She leaves behind her three children, Cate, Emma Claire and Jack. Her oldest son Wade died tragically in a car accident when he was just 16 in 1996. Elizabeth Edwards was a heroic figure, as she battled cancer while managing her husband’s political campaigns. She became the national face of women suffering from breast cancer. And she also was forced to deal with the public hardship that surrounded John Edwards’ extramarital affair, and his fathering of a daughter with his mistress Rielle Hunter, a campaign worker for his presidential primary campaign. The affair led to the breakup of her marriage.

Elizabeth Edwards’ family released a statement:

“Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth’s presence but she remains the heart of this family,” the Edwards family says in a statement. “We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life.

“On behalf of Elizabeth we want to express our gratitude to the thousands of kindred spirits who moved and inspired her along the way,” the statement adds. “Your support and prayers touched our entire family.”

Just yesterday, it was announced that Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer had spread to her liver and that she had a short time to live. She wrote a sad message on her Facebook page, acknowledging that the end was near.

“The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human,” wrote Edwards.

She died at home in Chapel Hill, N.C., surrounded by her family and husband John Edwards.

Photo Source: Wikimedia/john Edwards/Flickr, Elizabeth Edwards at a New Hampshire House Party/Creative Commons Attribution.


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