Elizabeth Edwards Dies After Six Year Battle With Cancer

Elizabeth Edwards has died:

Elizabeth Anania Edwards, who became a national figure in her fight against cancer and as a partner in her husband John’s political career, died today. She was 61.

Edwards spent much of her life as a little-known Raleigh lawyer and mother. But that all changed when her husband, John Edwards, entered politics as a U.S. senator and became a two-time presidential candidate and the Democratic nominee for vice president.

Her husband’s career put her in the spotlight as a smart, plain-spoken wife who was a key adviser to her husband.

She later became a figure of sympathy as she battled breast cancer and dealt with her husband’s infidelity. And, in the last few years, her public image shifted again: the scorned woman whose husband fathered a child with another woman.

She and John Edwards separated at the beginning of 2010 but remained close.

Sympathies to the Edwards children, and friends of the family.

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Comments

  1. Linda says:

    My condolences to her family. She was a truly classy lady.

  2. Linda says:

    And it’s a shame that she’s passed on and that scumbag she was married to is healthy as a horse.