US Vice Pres­i­dent Bi­den’s son Beau dies from can­cer, aged 46

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY THOMAS WATKINS

Beau Bi­den, the el­dest son of U. S. Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den and the for­mer at­tor­ney gen­eral of Delaware, has died of brain can­cer, his fam­ily an­nounced Satur­day. He was 46.

Beau Bi­den, who had served in Iraq as a lawyer with the Delaware Army Na­tional Guard, had been un­der­go­ing treat­ment at the Wal­ter Reed Med­i­cal Cen­ter just out­side Wash­ing­ton.

“He bat­tled brain can­cer with the same in­tegrity, courage and strength he demon­strated ev­ery day of his life,” the vice pres­i­dent’s fam­ily said in a state­ment.

“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 Bi­den was a popular Demo­crat in his East Coast state of Delaware and had once been ex­pected to fol­low his fa­ther onto the na­tional po­lit­i­cal stage.

He joined the Na­tional Guard in 2003 as a judge ad­vo­cate gen­eral, or mil­i­tary lawyer, and de­ployed to Iraq in 2008 as his fa­ther was cam­paign­ing for the vice pres­i­dency as Barack Obama’s run­ning mate.

Beau Bi­den briefly con­sid­ered run­ning for the U. S. Se­nate to take the seat va­cated when his fa­ther be­came vice pres­i­dent af­ter the 2008 elec­tion, but he ul­ti­mately de­cided to con­tinue work­ing as Delaware’s at­tor­ney gen­eral.

An­other Bi­den Tragedy

Obama paid homage late Satur­day, prais­ing Beau Bi­den’s com­mit­ment to his fam­ily.

“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,” Obama said in a state­ment.

“But for all that Beau Bi­den achieved in his life, noth­ing made him prouder; noth­ing made him hap­pier; noth­ing claimed a fuller fo­cus of his love and de­vo­tion than his fam­ily. Just like his dad,” the pres­i­dent added.

The death marks an­other dev­as­tat­ing loss for Joe Bi­den, whose first wife and in­fant daugh­ter were killed in a car ac­ci­dent as they were go­ing Christ­mas shop­ping in 1972.

Beau Bi­den and his younger brother Hunter, who were also in the car, were se­ri­ously in­jured but sur­vived.

Ac­cord­ing to the New York Times, Beau Bi­den suf­fered what was de­scribed as a mild stroke in 2010. He went on to re­ceive treat­ment in Texas and in 2013 had a small le­sion re­moved from his brain.

AP

In this Nov. 7, 2006 file photo, Delaware At­tor­ney Gen­eral can­di­date Beau Bi­den, holds his son, Hunter, as he walks with his wife, Hal­lie, hold­ing their daugh­ter, Natalie, as they en­ter a polling place to cast their votes in Wilm­ing­ton, Delaware.

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