May 31

Joe Biden (R) and his son Beau Biden (L)

Beau Biden, son of vice president, dies of brain cancer (USA Today, May 31, 2015):

BETHESDA, Md. — Former Delaware attorney general Beau Biden, the oldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, died Saturday of brain cancer, the vice president’s office said. He was 46.

Biden had been hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center May 19 for treatment of a then-undisclosed illness. The vice president’s office said Saturday he had a relapse of a brain cancer first diagnosed and thought cured in 2013.

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The vice president and the rest of his extended family were at his side when he died, the vice president’s office said.

“The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words,” the vice president said in a statement. “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.”

Biden, a two-term attorney general for the state his father represented in the Senate for 36 years, was a Democratic candidate for governor in 2016.

But he had battled health problems for years, including what was described as a minor stroke in 2010. In 2013, he had a small lesion removed from his brain at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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