Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, has died of brain cancer at the age of 46. The VP announced the sad news in a statement released by the White House late Saturday, May 30.
“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 statement read.
It continued: “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.”
The statement went on to say that Beau worked as a young lawyer in Kosovo and was a major in the Delaware National Guard. The Delaware Attorney General was also an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star.
“More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother. His absolute honor made him a role model for our family,” the statement continued. “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.”
Following the news, President Barack Obama also made a statement via the White House. “Michelle and I humbly pray for the good Lord to watch over Beau Biden,” he said, “and to protect & comfort his family.”
Last week, CNN reported that Beau was being treated at Walter Reed Medical Hospital. What he was being treated for, however, was not disclosed.
Beau is survived by his wife, Hallie, and their two children.
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