Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, died this morning after a long battle with cancer at 61. The lawyer, author and advocate was resting at home with family in Chapel Hill after doctors advised her that additional treatment for her condition would be unproductive.
"This is very sad news, and the fact that it isnít a surprise makes it no easier to hear," said Senator John Kerry, her estranged husband's running mate in 2004. Read his full statement below.
"This is very sad news, and the fact that it isnít a surprise makes it no easier to hear. Elizabeth Edwards was an incredibly loving, giving, and devoted mother, and Teresa and our entire family are grateful for the time we shared getting to know her in 2004. We have many wonderful memories of those days traveling the country and seeing firsthand Elizabethís great affection for Cate, Jack, and Emma Claire. Today all those moments are rushing back.
"The same day our campaign ended at Faneuil Hall, we saw Elizabeth head off to Mass General to confront this terrible disease. America came to know her in a different and even more personal way, as she fought back with enormous grace and dignity. She became an inspiration to so many. Teresa and I, along with our family, send our prayers and deepest sympathies to Elizabethís family and the children she loved so much."
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