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Son of US vice president, Beau Biden, dies of brain cancer

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Beau Biden.
Beau Biden.

Former Delaware attorney general Beau Biden, son of US vice president Joe Biden has died, The vice president said he died on Saturday after battling brain cancer. He was 46.

“The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words,” vice president Biden said in a statement released by the White House.

“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 said.

Beau Biden had announced last year he planned to run for governor of Delaware in 2016.

He was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2013 and underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

After getting “a clean bill of health” in November of that year, his cancer recurred in the spring of 2015, the vice president’s office said.

He sought aggressive treatment and had been hospitalized this month at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center outside Washington.

His family was with him when he died.

“Beau embodied my father’s saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did,” the vice president said.

“In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.”

Beau Biden was very close to his father and a familiar presence in his political campaigns.