Elizabeth Edwards Dies From Cancer at 61

Political wife Elizabeth Edwards, who has battled breast cancer since 2004, died Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at the age of 61.

Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former Democratic North Carolina Senator John Edwards, died at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C., surrounded by her family.

Just yesterday, December 6, it was announced that Edwards’ doctors had recommended against further treatment of her cancer.

“Elizabeth has been advised by her doctors that further treatment of her cancer would be unproductive. She is resting at home with family and friends,” the Edwards family says in a statement.

After the news was announced yesterday, Edwards took to her Facebook to write what sadly appeared to be somewhat of a farewell letter:

“I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces – my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope,” she writes. “These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined. The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that.”

Just a day later Edwards passed.

“Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth’s presence but she remains the heart of this family,” the Edwards family says in a statement today. “We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life.

“On behalf of Elizabeth we want to express our gratitude to the thousands of kindred spirits who moved and inspired her along the way. Your support and prayers touched our entire family.”

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama expressed their condolences in a statement, saying, “In her life, Elizabeth Edwards knew tragedy and pain. Many others would have turned inward; many others in the face of such adversity would have given up. But through all that she endured, Elizabeth revealed a kind of fortitude and grace that will long remain a source of inspiration. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”

Former President Bill Clinton also sent his condolences saying, “With the passing of Elizabeth Edwards, America has lost a symbol of strength, hope, and humanity. Her children have lost a loving mother, her friends a wise counselor. My prayers are with them.”

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