According to a statement (see below) by the White House on Saturday evening, Beau Biden — son of current Vice President of the United States Joe Biden — has died.
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 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.
Beau's life was defined by service to others. As a young lawyer, he worked to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo. A major in the Delaware National Guard, he was an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. As Delaware’s Attorney General, he fought for the powerless and made it his mission to protect children from abuse.
More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother. His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father's saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.
In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.
Beau Biden, 46 years old, was reportedly hospitalized earlier this week at Walter Reed Medical Center — where he passed away Saturday evening surrounded by his family. Biden was initially diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013, but underwent successful treatment. Sadly, the cancer suddenly returned earlier this year. In a separate statement, President Barack Obama spoke somberly of the Biden family's loss. "Michelle and I are grieving tonight," said Obama. "Beau Biden was a friend of ours. His beloved family — Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter — are friends of ours. And Joe and Jill Biden are as good as friends get."