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. razzlea

    This is so sad, i just heard yesterday that she stopped the meds there goes to show you how Cancer takes a life so fast so i will try to enjoy every bit that i have . RIP.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Superhiro

    RIP Elizabeth. I'll agree, that did seem rather sudden

    December 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. SA

    She was a true lady in all sense of the word. My prayers are with the family.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. CHERYL THOMAS

    The world came to know a very beautiful person, she will be missed.and to u bachelorman go 2 hell this is not the time for that. nor is any for that matter.

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

    Very sad. We have been researching cancer cures for decades and it seems the only options they have are either to operate, poison you or fill you with radiation. The same things they did 30+ years ago.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. karen

    RIP Elizabeth Edwards. You lived your life on your terms and with class. Breast cancer and cancer in general take courageu show courage and grace. God Bless you family, children and friend. Me wish is that people use this media outlet as a way to celebrate her life. People need to understand that she was a MOTHER and that she has young children who are griefing. Please just show some respect!

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

    so very sorry to hear this news .... God Bless her & her family

    December 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. aJ

    I'm so sorry to hear this....may she rest in peace.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Ruth Ann

    May you now rest in the arms of your Lord & Savior Elizabeth. Your were a strong woman and for women. The family will be in my prayers.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Ollivander

    Rest in peace, Elizabeth.
    It breaks my heart to think of the contrast between what you deserved from your life and what was actually given to you.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. GWilson

    Rest in peace Elizabeth....you showed a lot of grace during your illness and heartache with your husband. We all know you weren't perfect, but you handled these difficult times with great dignity. I know your children will miss you terribly.

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

    Such a wonderful, inspiring woman. May she rest in peace. My prayers go out to her family in this trying time.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Frank

    Very sad what she had to go through in her last two years. She gave so much more than she received!

    December 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Brenda

    Elizabeth Edwards was an incredibly strong individual. Her last comments in the press release announcing she wasn't going to seek further treatment, were definitely words to live by...

    "You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces - my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined. The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren't able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It's called being human.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. guest2010

    May her family (NOT including her jerk of a husband) be comforted during this time of sorrow. Apparently, her condition was more severe that first reported and she only had hours left instead of days. I hope John Edwards feels SOME remorse for what he's put his wife and family through because he couldn't keep his pants on and had to add add'l emotional issues to his family.

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