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Son of Vice President and Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden Dies

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WASHINGTON (AP/WBOC) - Vice President Joe Biden announced Saturday that his son, Beau, has died of brain cancer. Beau Biden was 46. 

"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," the Vice President said in a statement late Saturday.

"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."

The younger Biden was a lawyer, member of the Delaware National Guard and former Delaware attorney general.

He was hospitalized earlier this month at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The Vice President's office had declined to say what he was being treated for.

President Barack Obama said he and the first lady were grieving alongside the Biden family.

"Michelle and I humbly pray for the good Lord to watch over Beau Biden, and to protect and comfort his family here on Earth," Obama said.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell extended his deepest sympathies to the family of Beau Biden.

"Carla and I are heartbroken for Hallie, his children, his parents, his siblings, and the entire Biden family.  Beau spent his entire career in the service of his country and his state.  He was an outstanding Attorney General, lawyer, soldier, and father.  I feel privileged to have served with him and Delaware is a better place thanks to him," Governor Markell said. "Beau was also a friend.  He was unfailingly interested in the well being of Carla, my kids and my extended family.  My entire family is shattered by his death."

In honor of Beau's life, Governor Markell has directed that the U.S. and Delaware flags be flown at half-staff.

U.S. Senator Tom Carper of Delaware also expressed his sympathies and released a statement in part saying:

"Our hearts are breaking for Joe and Jill, for Hallie and their children, Natalie and Hunter, and for the entire Biden family. Beau represented all that is good about Delaware and our country," Sen. Tom Carper said. "He was the complete package - bright; hardworking; incredibly loyal to his family; a loving son, brother, husband and father, principled; handsome; well-spoken; unassuming. He had the heart of a servant, too. His future seemed to know no bounds."

Delaware Congressman John Carney released a statement in part saying:

"Beau had a warm and generous spirit. He was a truly giving person, and he appreciated the good in others in the way we all should. He leaves a legacy of service, and also a great personal legacy that calls on each of us to be more gentle in our judgments and more gracious with our thanks. He was one of the best of the good guys," said Congressman Carney.

The Chairman of the Delaware Republican Party, Charlie Copeland released a statement saying this is truly tragic news.

"Beau served his country and the citizens of Delaware with honor and dignity. He leaves behind a lasting impact on the world around him. He will be missed," said Copeland.

In 2010, Beau Biden suffered a mild stroke. Three years later, he underwent surgery at a Texas cancer center to remove what was described as a small lesion.

He announced last year that he would not seek a third term as attorney general and instead planned to run for governor in 2016.
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