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    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.
    In Denver seven years ago, Beau Biden told the tragic family story that became the emotional foundation for his father’s 36 years of service in the Senate and the past six-and-a-half years as vice president. Shortly after winning his Senate race, in December 1972, Joe Biden received a call while in Washington interviewing staff.

    His wife, Neilla, and three children had been in a horrible car crash on the way home from purchasing the family Christmas tree. His wife and daughter had died, and his two sons, Beau and Hunter, were clinging to their life. Still a few days shy of turning 30, Biden raced home to Wilmington and considered never taking the oath of office.

    Through the support of other senators, Biden agreed to be sworn in the next month, at the hospital bedside of Beau and Hunter. Eventually venturing to Washington, Biden decided that he would take the train every morning from Wilmington and return every night.

    “As a single parent, he decided to be there to put us to bed, to be there when we woke from a bad dream, to make us breakfast, so he’d travel to and from Washington, four hours a day,” Beau Biden told the Denver crowd on Aug. 27, 2008, an emotional speech that introduced the world to a story that his father had told many times.

    In recent weeks, the vice president’s public schedule had declined as he regularly visited his son. Two weeks ago, during Yale University’s graduation week, he delivered a deeply personal speech to thousands of students and parents who had no idea what the vice president was personally enduring.
    Close advisers viewed it as the closest Joe Biden ever came to explaining how much his personal life and tragedy informed his own career. Of his venture home every night to see his two sons, he said it wasn’t for them.

    “The real reason I went home every night was that I needed my children more than they needed me,” he said.
    Beau Biden, vice president’s son, dies of brain cancer - The Washington Post

    Very sad. RIP.

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    So sad. Joe Biden has had a terribly sad life. I can't imagine losing a spouse and two children in one lifetime.
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    How awful for the VP and Dr Jill. So sorry to hear this.
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    How awful. That poor family.
    I love biden. And I love how despite all the tragedy in his life he is still such s positive personality, or at least seems that way.
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    i love Biden too. So much tragedy for him, it's just awful. RIP
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoNoRehab View Post
    So sad. Joe Biden has had a terribly sad life. I can't imagine losing a spouse and two children in one lifetime.
    This. Every house has its cross to bear, but Biden has been hit especially hard and often. So sad.
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    So sad. My heart goes out to his family.

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    Very sad news. RIP.

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    RIP, Beau.

    And hugs to Joe and Jill. Must be so hard to outlive 2 of your children.
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    I didn't know a lot of that. I'm not a parent but I can't imagine how it must feel to outlive 2 children.
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    This is heartbreaking, poor man, too many tragedies in one life. He had a near-fatal aneurysms in 1988. In his book "Promises to Keep," Biden says that he was unconscious for over four hours before he woke up in a hospital in Wilmington, Del. The senator was told that an artery was leaking blood into his brain and he was given his last rites by a priest. He was transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center where it was discovered that he had a second aneurysm on the other side of his brain.

    Biden's Medical History Not Scrutinized - CBS News

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    How horribly sad for the Bidens. Thoughts and prayers with them.
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    I was so sad to hear of Beau's passing. My heart goes out to the Biden family. RIP. Beau.

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    I'm not the biggest Biden fan but this is horribly tragic. My heart goes out to this poor family and my thoughts and prayers are with them. May God bring them some comfort and healing during this awful time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    How awful. That poor family.
    I love biden. And I love how despite all the tragedy in his life he is still such s positive personality, or at least seems that way.
    That is Joe. He is well loved in these parts. I have told the story before, but my brother flew him many times out of the Delaware Air National Guard. Biden prefers Amtrak but once he became VP he was told that had to end. Each time he flies out of DANG he makes sure he is on time because he hates that citizens are being inconvenienced by the airport being shut down for his safety. He can address every member of the flight crew by name, and often remembers to ask about their families. He truly cares about his constituents. When my brother was dying, and we could not get what we needed from the VA. one call to Joe's office resolved it all. He may often have his feet in his mouth, but his heart is always front and center.
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