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Friday, October 21, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden’s son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, has died of brain cancer at age 46, it was announced Saturday night.

Joe Biden said in a statement:

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 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’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.

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.

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

President Obama also released a statement:

Michelle and I are grieving tonight. Beau Biden was a friend of ours. His beloved family — Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter — are friends of ours. And Joe and Jill Biden are as good as friends get.

Beau took after Joe. He studied the law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school. He chased a life of public service, like his dad, serving in Iraq and as Delaware’s Attorney General. 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.

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.

Joe is one of the strongest men we’ve ever known. He’s as strong as they come, and nothing matters to him more than family. It’s one of the things we love about him. And it is a testament to Joe and Jill — to who they are — that Beau lived a life that was full; a life that mattered; a life that reflected their reverence for family.

The Bidens have more family than they know. In the Delaware they love. In the Senate Joe reveres. Across this country that he has served for more than forty years. And they have a family right here in the White House, where hundreds of hearts ache tonight — for Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter; for Joe and for Jill; for Beau’s brother, Hunter; his sister, Ashley, and for the entire Biden clan.

“I have believed the best of every man,” wrote the poet William Butler Yeats, “And find that to believe it is enough to make a bad man show him at his best or even a good man swing his lantern higher.”

Beau Biden believed the best of us all. For him, and for his family, we swing our lanterns higher.

Michelle and I humbly pray for the good Lord to watch over Beau Biden, and to protect and comfort his family here on Earth.

Photo: Beau Biden with wife Hallie and daughter Natalie, Nov. 25, 2014. (Beau Biden via Facebook)

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  • highpckts

    I am so sorry! No parent should lose a child! My prayers are with the Vice President and his family!!

    • norah mackenzie

      vp biden has lost 2 children in his life his 18mth daughter and now his son no parent sd ever have to suffer that

  • namers

    That’s just sad for any parent to lose a child. So young. RIP.

  • bhaggen

    Brain cancer?…..So Joe’s safe.

    • CripesAmighty

      Go troll with Yer pal Chucky C.

    • jsjca

      It is really gross that you cannot drop politics at a time
      like this. One can only wonder how you were raised. Your crude insensitivity is
      what is wrong with this country.

      • bhaggen

        What can I tell ya? You’re right; gross, crude, & insensitive. I was raised during the Roe vs Wade era!

    • youmustbejoking

      Shame on you for having so little humanity as to make such a comment on a story about a sad loss for our country and especially the Biden family. Weren’t you ever taught how not to insult someone in their grief? How to treat others as you would wish to be treated?

      • bhaggen

        You MUST be joking! No sad loss; he was only a deadbeat lawyer.

    • quickmatch

      bhaggen, are you really so narrow and callous as to write something that insensitive or do you have to employ a ghost writer?

      • … And to make it worse, a rat up-thumbed it.

      • bhaggen

        Oh cry me an f’ing river, fool! If it was GW we’d ALL be popping the champagne corks & you know it, so STOP it with the usual liberal hypocrisy!…..Just between you & I, I hope Chelsea’s next.

  • MistressTime

    I am very sorry for your great loss. No parent should have to lose a child. My thoughts are with you. I send my sympathy to your sons family. They must be devastated. They say time heals all wounds, but I think the truth is, it just gets easier to manage the grief. I hope in time the memories of the good are better than the grief.

  • CColvin

    I send deepest sympathy to the VPs family at this sad and tragic time for them all. Very sad news to hear.

  • ridemybroom

    Rip Beau Biden…you did well !…..Condolences to your family…..

  • pmbalele

    This very sad news. I hope his family will hold together. It is hard to lose loved ones at that age. We should continue researching what really causes cancer.

  • jsjca

    My sincere sympathy for the family of Beau Biden. It is sad for a parent to bury a child and for young children to lose a father. Beau was the kind of public servant we so desperately need in this country. My thought and prayers are with the Biden family.

  • MichelleRose3

    His was a life well-lived. Requiescat in pace, Beau.

  • alaskabrat007

    So sorry for your loss, what a terrible thing for your family to have to endure, with deepest feelings of sympathy for your whole family, I am sure he is now in gods hands and no longer will have pain, he is simply an angel and will watch over his family from up above.

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    rest in peace

  • J, Dial

    Unique and life changing losses for them all. Parents burying children – indescribable. A young woman who will struggle to do the hardest job – comforting her chidren, without her dearest companion. And children whose lives are forever shaken. Unless you are a child who has lost a parent no one understands how it colors the rest of your growing up. Of course, his siblings. Can’t imagine that and don’t want to And the rest of us who need who need more, not less, of his kind, no matter your politics. Dedicated to God, family, country.

  • Norm Hinderliter

    All I can say is that I know EXACTLY how these fine people feel.

    Having lost family, to illness, myself, is, in my opinion, no different than the military families, who live with the constant HORROR of receiving one of those dreaded Department of Defense Death Notices.

    The Bidens have my prayers, condolences, and well-wishes.

  • congressive

    Crushing. So sorry for his family, and for all of us.

  • Edabbey

    Is there no way to take out the word “breaking” on your “Most Popular” section if the article is a ten days old?