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Elizabeth Edwards Dies of Cancer at 61

Elizabeth Edwards Dies of Cancer at 61

Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of 2004 vice presidential candidate John Edwards, has lost her battle with cancer at the age of 61.

Elizabeth was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2004, shortly after her husband lost the bid for vice presidency.

She passed away in her home today (December 7) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina surrounded by her family.

In a statement, her family said “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.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Edwards family.

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  • James

    WTF Jared
    Why would you post a pic of that home wrecking dumbass of a husband with her?? Poor woman had enough to deal with that asshole…

  • sanjaya

    you shoulda put a picture of just Elizabeth. John Edwards doesn’t even belong in pictures with her. RIP

  • vanessa

    RIP, she was a good woman.

  • sad

    @James: I know and I can’t even stand to look at his ugly face.

    may she R.I.P.

  • Inaru

    A brave, classy lady who deserved better than that rat of a husband she had.



  • Susan

    My condolences to the Edwards family. RIP Mrs. Edwards.

  • Bless

    May God rest her sweet soul. RIP Mrs. Edwards.

  • laughingkitty

    R.I.P. to a strong courageous woman.
    On another note. . . .you might like to replace this pic with a more recent one. Elizabeth has proven that she didn’t need the likes of John Edwards to be considered an individual with integrity, courage and compassion. These are all qualities her ex lacked!

  • Patricia

    Rest in peace Elizabeth

  • Gilmore

    Such a sweet women who deserved so much more. May you rest in peace Elizabeth.

  • Nic


    Horrible, evil diesease!

  • Gab

    Elizabeth Edwards was an inspiration. She was given so much sadness to carry but she bore it all with dignity and courage.

  • say what?

    RIP, Elizabeth..thank you for fighting for health care issues and for women. My deepest sympathies to Mrs. Edwards’ families and friends especially her children. Catharine Edwards, you are a pillar of courage. God bless you and your siblings.

  • Moknows

    Classy woman to the end. RIP.

    Too bad dirty rat John and bitch other woman still here.
    Could never understand how that tramp slept with married
    man had illegitamite kid with rat rat fink, then attacked
    his lawfully married wife who was dying of cancer.
    Proof class will always rise and trash sinks to as low
    a level as it can!

  • laverdadduele

    My deepest condolences to her children. I really feel for them. I lost my mom to this terrible disease early this year and it’s the most painful thing you can ever imagine. When you lose your Mom a part of you dies. To all of you out there, be good and respectful to your Moms, you don’t know how much time you have left.

    Now, to that tool, scum, POS, worthless human being husband of hers, whose name I won’t eve say, I just have one word for you: KARMA. He should be the one dead not Mrs. Edwards, but he will get his share eventually.

  • Go Ask Alice

    I am not going to let emotions of her having cancer and her husband’s dasdarly deed run over my logic and good sense and cave into a sympathic message about her BECAUSE ELIZABETH EDAWRDS was a class act WAY before she had cancer and before whats-his-face did his dasdarly deed!!!!

    A real good,decent person died today. Elizabeth Edwards.

    By all accounts way back,she was always written about as being smart, brains with family money who married poor boy, but smart whatever his name is, and she was always commented on as being a good person. Charitbable. A humatarian.

    I feel sorry,VERY sorry for her daughter Cate, who is a young adult woman now and so it has been said, will be “in charge” of her two younger siblings.It has been saidthat EE had to change herwill years ago after whatesname ‘s dasdardly deed having all go to Cate and the two minor kids.John’s portion goes for his three kids with EE,and that dogmeat looking Hunter bitoch and that poor,sweet innocent child ,Francis.

    I pray EE and her son, Wade, now united, guide Cate and watch over as she raises and protects her two siblings.

    I am sorry everyone for being in a bad mood-personal things, plus a lil emotional about EE.

  • Go Ask Alice



  • tragic

    her little ones are still so young! so sad.

    Cancer sucks.

  • believe

    Thoughts and prayers to Ms. Edward’s family and friends. She fought a good fight. God bless you in your time of suffering and give you strength.

  • Go Ask Alice


    Heartfelt vibes to you too reflecting on the time,passing of your mom. .Those kids,EmmaClaire and her brother , are like 11,13 yrs.old.
    You can understand and reflect. I hope you were and adult at least like Cate.

  • Go Ask Alice

    Gab,Say what, and everyone else, I agree.

    You all said it more eloquently than I did.

  • http://deleted lovelydee

    May she rest in peace.
    I will keep her family in my prayers.

  • Ms Barleo Gaga Fan

    RIP to a classy and superb lady. Ms Elizabeth Edwards may you be an Angel who looks over your young children. You won in the end because you lived your life with class despite those who hurt you. RIP.

  • Bobbi

    God bless.

  • Bellas

    Sucks! Now her nasty husband is free to marry his ho.

  • laverdadduele

    @Go Ask Alice: Thanks. I’m an adult, but I can assure you, it doesn’t matter the age, the pain of losing your Mom is almost unbearable. Nothing and no one will ever fill that void. May God help and sustain these kids during the darkest hour of their lives.

  • missy

    RIP, but lets not forget, they BOTH lied bold faced to the nation. May John and Rielle burn in HELL

    RIP Elizabeth

  • ash

    I’m very sorry what an amazing woman.

  • casper

    so sad. she was such a sweetie…

  • maria

    God bless her children…..may her life and love for them inspire them for the rest of their lives. She was a class act.

  • CanadaGirl

    Poor woman. I hope that she finds peace.
    I’m glad that JJ changed the picture. That ex of hers seems like a real loser. Imagine abandoning your wife when she’s sick… as if Americans want a man like that as President.

  • paxfan

    Fly among the angels Elizabeth. Deepest sympathy to her children. What an immense, immeasurable loss.

  • Isis Lara

    John’s affair most likely acerbated her poor health. I remember Elizabeth making a live call to Ann Coulter in order to defend her husband from the outspoken conservative mayhem. “Stand by your man” came to mind when she did that. Now, John is just pitiful! May she not rest in peace and haunt his sorry ass.

  • Shawna

    Elizabeth was such an endearing woman. I think she accomplished a lot in the time she had on this earth. It was too bad that she was sick for what seemed like a lot of years. Rielle is probably stratigizing her next big move now that Mr. Edwards is really unattached….uh oh!

  • starlight

    So very sad to hear EE has passed, leaving her young children. But she is with her son Wade now and at peace.

  • LH

    Here’s hoping God greeted her with a wonderful hug. May he also give her children strength to deal with their loss.

    May her a-hole husband stay out of the spotlight during this time. Sorry, like some said up above – I can’t stand the b@stard for what he did to her!

  • Tracy

    Such a beautiful, giving woman. I lost my mother at a young age so, I pray for her children who will miss her for the rest of their lives. May God Bless her soul.

  • Elena

    R.I.P. Elizabeth. I respected and admired how you handled your battle with cancer.

  • skip

    Rest in peace Elizabeth we will never forget you, the Grace you brought to the politcal dabate and the life you lived.



  • Laurel

    Rest in Paradise Elizabeth. I wish she forgave that bastard before she passed to get the anger of out her system. God help her kids, how sad.

  • Rory

    This is so sad. I watched her on The Nate Berkus show and she seemed so cool. I hope she finally rests in peace cancer free

  • 23

    The Lord is my shepherd,
    I shall not want;
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
    He leads me beside still waters;
    He restores my soul.
    He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for His name’s sake.

    Even though I walk through the valley
    of the shadow of death,
    I fear no evil;
    for You are with me;
    Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life;
    and I shall dwell in the house of the
    Lord forever.


  • DarkEmpress

    What is going to happen to the minor children? Are they going to live with their dad and Rielle………………….bc that is just so wrong!

  • yep

    may God be with her family.

  • cre8tiv

    This world lost one of the classiest women to ever walk on this earth today, my condolences go out to her children, such a devoted mother, and wonderful person, she showed the world what real courage is with her battle with cancer. I hope they realize how fortunate they were to have such a person as their mother. To her oldest daughter cate, who I read will be responsible for her younger siblings you had a very good teacher,you will be fine. RIP Elizabeth Edwards.

  • ellie’

    RIP ..What a classy woman.. God Bless you and your family…

  • cubedweller

    It breaks my heart that Elizabeth’s children had to bid her goodbye today. She was a true hero, and a great example to us all. Her kids will be ok – she raised them right and they will be watched over forever by their loving mom, safe and whole on the other side.
    As for that lying, cheating sack of sh!t that she had the great misfortune of being married too, may he and his tramp ho baby mama never know a moment’s peace. May he never show his weasel face in public again. May he devote himself for the rest of his days to being the best dad he is capable of being to ALL his children, in order to make some small amends for the enormous pain that he caused to all.
    RIP Elizabeth.

  • Old Mia

    This was such sad news tonight. She has struggled so bravely for years with cancer and then had to endure the shame of her lying, miserable husband who would do anything to cover his transgressions to save his lost political career. His lying nature was almost beyond belief. Denying his child? “You say you’re the father.” What a hideous piece of work. And SHE delayed treatment to campaign for him. How can he look at himself?

    I hope she had found some peace in the end. She was so worried about who would raise her children if she died. I hope this was worked out to her satisfaction before she died. And no mistress of that creep will ever get her hands on Elizabeth’s children.