What a tragedy. Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau, sadly passed away after battling brain cancer, his family announced on May 30. He was only 46 years old.
Vice President Joe Biden and his family are mourning the loss of their beloved Beau Biden. The 46-year-old died of brain cancer, Joe revealed in a statement on May 30. The former Delaware attorney general was hoping to run for governor in 2016. Beau leaves behind his wife, Hallie, and two children, Natalie and Hunter.
“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, according to the Associated Press. “The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. 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.”
Beau, born Joseph Robinette Biden III, was undergoing treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington D.C. He had been hospitalized earlier this month. In 2010, Beau suffered a mile stroke. He sought treatment at a Houston cancer center after feeling “weak and disoriented” in 2013, ABC News reports. That same year, he underwent surgery to remove a small lesion.
Beau, the oldest of Joe’s sons, and brother Hunter survived a car accident that killed their mother, Neilia, and younger sister Naomi in 1973. He went on to become a major in the Delaware National Guard and was an Iraq War veteran. He was elected the attorney general of Delaware from 2007 to 2015. He decided not to seek reelection in 2014. He intended on running for governor of Delaware in 2016.
“More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother,” Joe said in his statement. “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.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Beau’s family and friends during this difficult time.
— Avery Thompson