Joseph “Beau” Biden III, son of Vice President Joe Biden, died Saturday at the age of 46, according to the White House.
The vice president’s office said that the former Delaware attorney general, who was also an Iraq War veteran, was suffering from brain cancer.
On May 19, Biden was admitted to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for an illness that wasn’t disclosed then. It was revealed on Saturday that it was brain cancer, first diagnosed and thought to be cured in 2013, but had returned.
In a statement, the vice president said, “The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. 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.”
According to CNN, while on vacation in 2013, Biden became disoriented and weak. He was admitted to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where he was diagnosed with brain cancer and subsequently received treatment. After undergoing surgery, he was given a clean bill of health.
However, his cancer returned this spring and he was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He succumbed to his illness Saturday evening and perished.
Biden served as attorney general for Delaware twice. He was also a Democratic candidate for governor in 2016, an announcement that he made in an April 2014 email to supporters. He also said in the email that he would not seek another term as attorney general.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, said of Biden, “I think he would have run. I think he would have won.”
In 1972, a month before his father was elected into the Senate, Biden survived an accident in which his 1-year-old sister Naomi was killed. Biden’s mother and Joe Biden’s first wife, Neilia, also died in the accident.
Biden, who was merely 2 years old at the time, survived the accident along with his younger brother Hunter, both of them sustaining injuries.
Born in 1969 in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden graduated from the University of Delaware before going on to attend law school at Syracuse University.
He was elected as state attorney general after working in the U.S. Justice Department for almost a decade. As a major in the Delaware Army National Guard, he spent his first term deployed in the Iraq War, which also earned him the Bronze Star.
He focused on prosecuting child sexual abuse and protecting homeowners from foreclosure in his terms as attorney general, according to USA Today.
Other than his father, Biden is survived by his wife, Hallie; two children, Natalie and Hunter; and two siblings – a brother Hunter and half sister Ashley.
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