Biden announces death of son, Beau, of brain cancer

Author: associated press

WASHINGTON (AP) – Brain cancer has claimed the life of Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden. The younger Biden had suffered a series of health problems in recent years.

A family statement from the vice president says, “Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.”

President Barack Obama says he and his wife Michelle are grieving along with the Biden family.

Beau Biden was a lawyer, member of the Delaware National Guard and former Delaware attorney general. He was 46.

Beau Biden was hospitalized earlier this month at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. At the time the vice president’s office declined to say why he was being treated.

Beau Biden suffered a mild stroke in 2010 and underwent surgery at a Texas cancer center in 2013 to remove what was described as a small lesion.

He announced last year that he would not seek a third term as attorney general and instead planned to run for governor in 2016.

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