Beau Biden cause of death was brain cancer
Beau Biden, the former Delaware Attorney General and son of Vice President Joe Biden died at 46, the Vice President’s office announced Saturday night. The cause of death was brain cancer.
“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,” the Vice President said in a statement.
An Iraq War veteran and Bronze Star recipient, the younger Biden was a rising star in democratic politics. He declined to run for reelection in 2014 but was a likely contender for his state’s governorship in 2016.
“More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son, and brother,” the Vice President said. “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.”
“Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known,” the family said.
The elder son of the Vice President, Beau, and his brother, Hunter, survived a 1972 car crash that killed their mother and sister. Beau, who suffered a stroke in 2010, and was admitted to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas in 2013, is survived by his wife Hallie and his children, Natalie and Hunter.
In a statement Saturday night, President Barack Obama said, “Michelle and I are grieving tonight.”
Obama quoted the poet William Butler Yeats in a tribute to Biden, saying, “I have believed the best of every man,” [Yeats said]. “And find that to believe it is enough to make a bad man show him at his best or even a good man swing his lantern higher.”
“Beau Biden believed the best of us all,” Obama added. “For him and his family, we swing our lanterns higher.”
Beau Biden, a former Delaware Attorney General and the elder son of Vice President Joe Biden died at 46 following a battle with brain cancer, the Vice President’s office announced Saturday.
An Iraq War veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star, Beau was remembered in a statement for his professional accomplishments and as a family man. “Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son, and brother,” the Vice President said. “His absolute honor made him a role model for our family.”
The younger Biden opted against running for reelection in 2014 but had been seen as a likely contender for the Delaware governorship in 2016.
He had suffered a stroke in 2010 and, in 2013, was admitted to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. He is survived by his wife, Hallie, and his children, Natalie and Hunter.