Vice President Joe Biden’s son Joseph “Beau” Biden passed away on Saturday after losing his battle against brain cancer. Beau Biden was 46 years of age. He spent his final days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington D.C.
Beau Biden, a Democrat like his father, served two terms as Delaware’s Attorney General, winning election in 2006 and again in 2010. He did not seek a third term in 2014. Instead he had his sights set on running for Delaware Governor in 2016. He also served a year-long tour of duty in Iraq during 2008-2009, as a Captain in the Delaware National Guard.
In a statement about his son, Vice President Joe Biden said:
It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.
In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.
President Obama paid tribute to Beau as well, stating:
He studied the law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school. He chased a life of public service, like his dad, serving in Iraq and as Delaware’s Attorney General.
Like his dad, Beau was a good, big-hearted, devoutly Catholic and deeply faithful man, who made a difference in the lives of all he touched, and he lives on in their hearts.
Like his father Joe, Beau Biden was a dedicated public servant who worked hard to make lives better for ordinary people. His death is a great loss not only for the Biden family, but for the people of Delaware as well. America’s thoughts and prayers are with the Biden family and the state of Delaware during this time of tremendous loss.