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Posted Tue, December 7, 2010 5:12pm EDT

Elizabeth Edwards Passes Away At 61 After A 6 Year Battle With Breast Cancer. Tragic News.

Incredibly tragic news, Elizabeth has lost her fight with cancer. Doctors stopped treatment on Elizabeth one week before she passed away.

Elizabeth Edwards has passed away after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. The 61-year-old wife of former Presidential candidate John Edwards died at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C., at 10:15 AM, surrounded by family and friends according to Raleigh news affiliate WDAM.

Elizabeth’s funeral will be held in Raleigh, NC., at Edenton Street United Methodist Church Dec. 11, at 1:00 PM, the same church where Elizabeth held her eldest son Wade‘s funeral in 1996. People magazine is reporting that Elizabeth will be buried next to Wade in Oakwood Cemetery. The Today Show reported Dec. 8, that Elizabeth discovered one week ago that her treatment was no longer working. According to TODAY, Elizabeth spent her final week saying goodbye to family and friends and reports also say that next to Elizabeth’s bed was a photo of Wade.

The Edwards family attorney released a statement Dec. 6, saying, “Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth’s presence but she remains the heart of this family. We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life.”

Elizabeth’s doctors announced Dec. 6 that continuing cancer treatment would be “unproductive” for the 61-year-old. Elizabeth leaves behind three children: Cate, 28, Emma Claire, 12, and son Jack, 10 — her eldest son Wade died in a 1996 car accident. spoke with Dr. Harry D. Bear, a professor of oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, who said that when cancer spreads to the liver, “it’s clearly aggressive.” Dr. Bear also added that for most patients with metastatic breast cancer, the “survival time line is often around three years,” Elizabeth survived for 6 years.

Here are some high and low points from Elizabeth Edward’s life:

High points

  • Elizabeth was born on July 3, 1949 in Jacksonville, Fl., and married John Edwards on July 30, 1977 after meeting at UNC’s School of Law.
  • Elizabeth graduated from UNC’s School of Law and later went to work as a law clerk at the age of 27, for a federal judge before becoming an associate at a law firm in Nashville, TN.
  • She gave birth to four children, Wade, 16, who died in a tragic car accident in 1996  Catharine, 28, Emma Claire, 12, and Jack 10.
  • Elizabeth helped John throughout his Presidential campaign in 2004.
  • She published two books: Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers in 2006 and Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life’s Adversities in 2009.

Low points

  • Elizabeth and John announced their separation in 2010 after John announced he had cheated on Elizabeth with Rielle Hunter, a producer, who met John in 2006 and had a daughter with him named Frances Quinn, 2.
  • Her eldest son Wade died in a 1996 car accident after losing control of his jeep when he was only 16.
  • Elizabeth was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004.

Watch this video of Elizabeth on the campaign trail with her husband John Edwards in 2004:

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