Beau Biden, Vice President's son, dies of brain cancer at 46

05/30/2015 11:41 PM

Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, passed away Saturday at the age of 46 after battling brain cancer, the White House said.

Vice President Biden confirmed the news in a statement sent to the media just after 9:30 pm Saturday.

“The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words,” Biden said. “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.”

Biden was the former Attorney General of Delaware, a position in which he worked with Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.

In a statement, Conway said he was “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend Beau Biden.”

“He gave so much to Delaware and our nation, and he had so much more to give. He has left us way too early,” Conway said. “Beau was one of my closest friends among the states’ Attorneys General, and he traveled to Kentucky several times – most recently in 2013 to keynote the Wendell Ford Dinner.”

“He was so passionate about using our offices to take on entrenched special interests that harmed ordinary citizens, whether in Delaware, Kentucky or elsewhere. He was a tireless advocate for veterans, and I am thankful for his service to our country.”

In addition to keynoting the 2013 Wendell Ford dinner, Beau Biden also served as a surrogate to his father in Danville, Kentucky during the 2012 Vice Presidential debate.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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