Beau Biden, Vice President’s Son, Dead at 46

Beau Biden, the former attorney general of Delaware and son of Vice President Joe Biden, has died of brain cancer at the age of 46.


Beau Biden, the former attorney general of Delaware and son of Vice President Joe Biden, has died of brain cancer at the age of 46.

WaPo (“Beau Biden, vice president’s son, dies of brain cancer“):

Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III, the son of Vice President Biden and former state attorney general of Delaware, died Saturday after battling brain cancer for several years.

Biden, 46, the oldest son of the vice president and the rising star of a family dynasty, had been admitted recently to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington as he fought the cancer, a battle that his father largely kept private in the last weeks as his son clung to his life.

“The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. 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,” Vice President Biden said in a statement that was released Saturday night.

Beau Biden, a major in the Delaware Army National Guard’s Judge Advocate General Corps, became one of his state’s most popular public figures and had been considered the frontrunner for the 2016 race to become the state’s next governor, but in August 2013 he checked into one of the world’s most renowned cancer treatment centers, Texas Medical Center, in Houston to begin his fight with the disease.

Biden is survived by his wife, Hallie, and two children.

He became a national political star in 2008 after delivering a stirring introduction of his father at the Democratic National Convention in Denver the night Joe Biden accepted the nomination as vice president, and a little more than a month later Beau Biden deployed to Iraq and served there for one year — except for a trip home in January 2009 to see his father take the oath of office as vice president.

Truly shocking and sad news. The Biden family, while extraordinarily successful in politics, have endured unspeakable tragedy. Joe was elected to the Senate at the absurdly young age of 29—just barely turning the Constitutional minimum age of 30 by the time of his swearing in—only to have his wife and three children get into a car crash before his swearing in. His wife and daughter died and his boys Beau and Hunter were severely injured. And now Beau has been taken from him, too.

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  1. Hal_10000 says:

    Horrible horrible news. He was a good man. And this is the second child Joe has lost. Thoughts and prayers with the Biden family tonight.

  2. ernieyeball says:

    Peace Love and Tears…

  3. Ian says:

    Terrible news. RIP.

  4. michilines says:

    So very sad. Tears here, too.

  5. Rob Prather says:

    I can only say the same thing I said as I reacted to the headline: good God. RIP.

  6. OzarkHillbilly says:

    I really feel for Joe. To lose a child is horrible.

  7. CSK says:


    And that’s not the only child he’s lost; his daughter was killed in the auto accident that killed his first wife.

    Biden has suffered terribly.

  8. dmhlt says:

    Requiescat In Pace

  9. Pinky says:

    A tragedy.

  10. gVOR08 says:

    So very sad.

  11. Way too young to die for any reason, and yet another reason I can’t stand cancer. Brain tumors are especially tough. I have a relative who was diagnosed with one more than ten years ago. She survived with only some minor impact on motor skills, but she’s one of the exceptions to the rule.

    Biden was going to run for Governor of Delaware in 2016. He probably would’ve won too, and who knows where he might have gone from there. What a waste.

  12. Franklin says:

    I hadn’t even heard that the younger Biden was sick, so I’m also shocked and saddened. How much more can one man take?

  13. SC_Birdflyte says:

    Some of the online comments from the fever zone were so outrageous they made me wish for the power of Zeus to send down thunderbolts on selected targets. Joe has lived a parent’s worst nightmare twice in his life.