Elizabeth Edwards, the (estranged) wife of politician John Edwards, passed away today after a protracted battle with breast cancer. She was 61. Also an attorney and an author, she was a committed activist for health care and against cancer. Her last post on her Facebook revealed her outlook, and character, in the face of death: “”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.” The Guardian reports:
Elizabeth Edwards, wife of disgraced Democratic politician John Edwards, has died after a public battle with cancer that had won her a legion of admirers. She was surrounded by her family, including her estranged former husband, at her home in North Carolina. She was 61.
For many political wives, the reality of life in the public eye is a far cry from the glamorous image of parties, receptions and access to power. But few can have as had as tough a time as Elizabeth Edwards.
During her husband’s runs for the Democratic nomination to stand for president in 2004 and 2008, she proved herself a powerful campaigner for her slick, handsome ex-lawyer spouse. Though later accounts would reveal a fierce temper that could aggravate top aides, she became a popular figure with the general public and the media, especially after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, a day after her husband, the running mate to Democratic nominee John Kerry, was defeated by George W Bush and Dick Cheney.
She is survived by her husband, two daughters and son. Our condolences go out to the Edwards family.