Joe Biden’s Son, Beau Biden, Dead of Brain Cancer at 46

Beau Biden

Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, has lost his battle with brain cancer, according to a White House statement released on Saturday. The statement announcing the death of Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden, 46, was released from the office of the vice president.

In 2010, Beau Biden suffered a mild stroke, but returned to his service as attorney general of Delaware. He had recently been in and out of hospitals, and although he had been a patient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center earlier in May, no details were given regarding his stay there.

The death of Beau Biden is another sad blow to Vice President Biden, who lost his wife and daughter to an automobile accident in 1972, just before his election to the Senate. Beau Biden and his brother, Hunter Biden, were also injured in the accident.

In addition to serving as attorney general of Delaware, Beau Biden was a member of the Delaware Army National Guard and was a major in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps of the 261st Signal Brigade in Smyrna, Delaware. He was activated for training in preparation to a deployment to Iraq one day after his father’s 2008 vice presidential debate. He returned to Washington, D.C., from Iraq in order to attend his father’s swearing-in as vice president in 2009. Joe Biden’s statement expressed the sadness of the entire family and made mention of the family his son leaves behind – wife Hallie and children Natalie and Hunter.

By Jennifer Pfalz

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Business Insider.com: Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden has died

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