NPR logo Elizabeth Edwards Dies From Cancer At 61

Elizabeth Edwards Dies From Cancer At 61

Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards arrives at the "Stand Up To Cancer" television event at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif., Sept. 10, 2010. Matt Sayles/AP hide caption

toggle caption Matt Sayles/AP

Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of John Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee, died from cancer Tuesday at age 61.

Edwards died in the morning, a day after her family issued a statement saying her doctors informed her that further treatment for her cancer would be futile. They also said she was surrounded by family and friends in her final hours.

In her last years, Edwards had become a sympathetic symbol of inner strength for how she dealt with terrible adversities — the death of a 16-year old son in a car accident, her breast cancer diagnosis and the break-up of her marriage after learning of her husband's affair with a campaign videographer.

Here's NPR's obit. The Raleigh News Observer Web site has her family's statement.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.