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Joe Biden’s son Beau passes away from cancer at age 46

The family announced the news on Saturday night.


Patrick Howell O'Neill


Posted on May 31, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 5:18 pm CDT

Joseph R. Biden III, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, has died of brain cancer, the Biden family announced Saturday night. He was 46.

Biden, known popularly as Beau, was the former attorney general of Delaware and was preparing for a campaign to be the state’s governor in 2016.

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

The vice president lost his first wife and their 13-month-old daughter in a 1972 car crash.

Beau suffered a mild stroke in 2010. In 2013, he spent time in a hospital after “an episode of disorientation and weakness.”

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*First Published: May 31, 2015, 11:57 am CDT