Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden passed away today at the age of 46. He was the son of Vice President Joe Biden and his office announced the news. Attorney General Biden passed away losing his battle with brain cancer.
Attorney General Biden was a member of the Delaware Army National Guard and had been deployed to Iraq from 2008 to 2009. He had been elected Attorney General in 2006 and won by roughly 13,000 votes. He was re-elected in 2010 and won with 78.9% of the vote.
Biden did not run for a third time, but announced that he was exploring a gubernatorial run. Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D) is term-limited and the election is being held next year.
In the release announcing the death, Vice President praised his son and his life’s work. He also singled out Beau’s commitment to his family. The Vice President also added, “In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.”
President Obama also released a statement, praising Beau and saying that they were grieving for the loss of their friend. He, too, mentioned Beau’s commitment to family.
Beau Biden survived a traffic incident when he was a child in 1972. The incident killed Beau’s mother, Neilia, and Beau’s sister, Naomi. It also injured Beau and his brother, Hunter. It occurred when Joe Biden was a Senator-elect and he was sworn in at the bedside of his sons.
Beau Biden is survived by his father, Vice President Biden, and his step-mother, the Second Lady. He is also survived by his wife, Hallie, and his two children, Natalie and Hunter.