Vice-president Joe Biden said on Saturday that his son Beau had died of brain cancer, at the age of 46.
“The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words,” Biden said in a statement released by the White House. “We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us, especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter.”
The family was at Beau Biden’s side when he died, the vice-president said, adding: “It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.”
On Sunday, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited the Biden family at the US Naval Observatory, the official residence of the vice-president, to pay their condolences. A scheduled reception at the White House was cancelled.
Beau Biden, 46, a former Delaware attorney general, was found to have brain cancer in August 2013. He underwent surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Houston, to remove a lesion. That was followed by radiation treatment and chemotherapy, and his doctor gave him a clean bill of health in November, officials said.
He suffered a recurrence of illness this spring and was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in May, officials said.
Biden announced last year that he would not seek a third term as Delaware attorney general, planning instead to run for governor in 2016. He suffered a recurrence of his illness this spring and was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in May, officials said.
After eight years as attorney general, Beau Biden joined the investment law firm Grant & Eisenhofer in 2015. He also served a year-long tour in Iraq as a captain in the Delaware national guard. He had a mild stroke in 2010.
On Sunday, figures from across the US political spectrum expressed their condolences, often via social media. Secretary of State John Kerry – who on Sunday was in hospital in Geneva after breaking his leg in a cycling accident – called Beau Biden “a son any father might hope to raise” and recalled how he chose to continue serving in the military in Iraq rather than be appointed to the Senate seat his father was leaving to become vice-president in 2009.
Among 2016 presidential candidates, Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton used Twitter to say: “My heart is broken for the family of Beau Biden – a wonderful man who served his country with devotion and lived his life with courage.”
Presumed Republican frontrunner Jeb Bush said: “Saddened by the news of Beau Biden’s passing. My prayers are with the Vice President, Dr Biden and the whole family.”
The Obamas issued a lengthy statement on Saturday night, in which they said: “Michelle and I are grieving. Beau Biden was a friend of ours. His beloved family … are friends of ours. And Joe and Jill Biden are as good as friends get.
“Beau took after Joe. He studied the law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school. He chased a life of public service, like his dad, serving in Iraq and as Delaware’s attorney general. 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 statement added: “Joe is one of the strongest men we’ve ever known. He’s as strong as they come, and nothing matters to him more than family. It’s one of the things we love about him. And it is a testament to Joe and Jill – to who they are – that Beau lived a life that was full; a life that mattered; a life that reflected their reverence for family.”
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