Beau Biden Dies of Brain Cancer, Family Says
Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, nominates his father for the Office of Vice Presdient of the United States during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., September 6, 2012. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, has died of brain cancer, the family said tonight. He was 46.
"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.
"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," he added.
Beau Biden, who had been considering a run for governor in Delaware, was undergoing treatment at Walter Reed National Military Center.
"Beau's life was defined by service to others. As a young lawyer, he worked to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo. A major in the Delaware National Guard, he was an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. As Delaware's Attorney General, he fought for the powerless and made it his mission to protect children from abuse," the vice president said.
"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. Beau embodied my father's saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did," Biden said.
"In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known," he said.
Beau Biden, the eldest of Joe Biden's sons, sought medical treatment at a Houston cancer center in 2013 after feeling "weak and disoriented." At the time, the vice president and White House refused to discuss his condition, but doctors later said Biden had undergone surgery to remove a small lesion from his brain. He also suffered a mild stroke in 2010.
Beau Biden formerly served as attorney general of Delaware. He is survived by his wife Hallie and children Natalie and Hunter.
In 1973, he and his brother Hunter survived a car accident that took the lives of his mother, Neilia, and younger sister Naomi.