Elizabeth Edwards dies after battle with cancer
December 7th, 2010
05:22 PM ET

Elizabeth Edwards dies after battle with cancer

Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. She was 61.

Edwards, an attorney, author and health care advocate, died Tuesday morning in her Chapel Hill home surrounded by family.

"Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth's presence but she remains the heart of this family. We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life," her family said in a statement.

"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."

Edwards was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. In 2007 she announced the disease had spread to her ribs and hips, saying it was incurable but treatable.

On Monday, Edwards released a statement saying she had stopped treatment after doctors told her additional treatment would be "unproductive."

Her last book, "Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities," went on sale in June.

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  1. Jenny

    RIP. I feel sorry for her family. What a christmas they will have.:( I agree it's tempting to hate John Edwards right now for the misery he cause, but what's important is to have respect and condelences to her family. Sad.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. John

    As I said: There is no reason for that woman to have died nor for any woman to die of breast cancer. There are proven cures. Read my "Proven Cure for Breast Cancer" It is the fourth article on my http://amazingmedicalbreakthroughs.blogspot.com/
    Let's put an end to all this waste of great life!!
    John

    December 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MrsFizzy

      And why waste a chance to advertize..?

      December 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kim V

    You definitely earned your wings. Such an inspiration to ALL women. You handled your situation with dignity and grace. God bless you!

    December 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Marie

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of Elizabeth's family, friends, and admirers. We were all blessed and inspired by this beautiful and courageous woman and the loss of her willl be felt keenly.
    Thank you for sharing your dignity and grace with all of us. The world was a better place because of you. May you be at peace now.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Ciara

    Elizabeth you were the Mother to me I never had. God Bless For An Eternity

    December 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. R A Castillo

    May you rest in peace. God Bless your children during this difficult time.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Lynette Goodwin

    Our prayers are with her family at this time. May they find comfort in Christ.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. terri

    Elizabeth Edwards was a rare jewel.May she rest in peace.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Tammy

    RIP Elizabeth Edwards.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Gary

    Rest in peace Elizabeth.You did your very best and was well loved by all who knew you,and by many who did not know you.God be with you and comfort you forever.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Tamimi

    I suspect that the Edwards family may have purposely mislead the press with the news that she still had several weeks, to keep them away at this time. God bless her.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. deb

    Shocking . May you rest in peace . You are a Great Lady.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. BostonBlackie

    Its a good thing that most of these bloggers don't have to make a living based on their writing,spelling and ability to put pen to paper. Would "dumber than a bag of hammers" be too harsh?

    December 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Angela

    Rest in peace, Elizabeth.
    You showed grace in life, and grace in death.
    We'll miss you. :(

    December 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Judy

    My condolences to the family, may she rest in piece.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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