Elizabeth Edwards passes away at 61

    Elizabeth Edwards has passed away after a six-year battle with breast cancer.







    Elizabeth Edwards has passed away after a six-year battle with breast cancer.

    Elizabeth died in her Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home on Tuesday morning. She was surrounded by her loved ones, including estranged husband Sen. John Edwards, at the time of her death.
    She had been fighting breast cancer for six years when she passed. She was 61 years old.

    The Edwards family announced her death in a release stating,  "We have lost the comfort of Elizabeth’s presence but she remains the heart of this family. We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life."

    The public first became acquainted with Elizabeth on the campaign trail during both of John’s runs for national office. She stood by his side again during his 2008 presidential campaign as a political advisor, despite the fact that her cancer had come out of remission. 

    Elizabeth’s marriage to John suffered a humiliating betrayal when it was revealed that he’d had an affair and fathered a child with his mistress, Rielle Hunter. Through it all, Elizabeth kept on a brave face before the world, which many commended her for.

    "In her life, Elizabeth Edwards knew tragedy and pain," President Barack Obama said in a statement. "Many others would have turned inward; many others in the face of such adversity would have given up. But through all that she endured, Elizabeth revealed a kind of fortitude and grace that will long remain a source of inspiration."

    In a very contemporary turn of events, Elizabeth posted her famous last words to Facebook.

    "The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered," She stated earlier this week. "I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces – my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined."
    ABC News reports that Elizabeth also left a letter to her children, which she had been crafting for years. Supposedly it contains her advice to them on a number of issues ranging from picking a church to choosing a mate.



    – Sonya Eskridge




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