Joseph Beau Biden III, oldest son of American Vice President Joe Biden, died with his family by his side on Saturday at the age 46, from cancer. He was an Iraq Veteran as well as a Former Attorney General of Delaware. Beau was taken to Walter Reed Army Medical Center earlier this month for reasons that, at the time, were left unexplained. It is unknown what type of cancer he died from.
"The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words," the vice president said in a statement. "Beau embodied my father's saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did. In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known."
Beau's struggle with his health started in 2010 when he suffered a stroke. He was then diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 and was given a 'clean bill of health' that November after undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. He had a small lesion removed from his brain at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His recent battles with the illness have remained known only to his immediate family. The Vice President's office stated that he had a relapse of the cancer which was thought to be cured.
This was the second tragedy that Jon Biden had seen, with the first one over 40 years ago, when a devastating car crash killed his daughter and wife. Beau and his younger brother Hunter were in the accident but survived. Beau and Hunter are also the ones to persuade their father to marry again, 5 years after the accident.
As attorney general, his focus was on prosecuting child sexual abuse and protecting homeowners from foreclosure. Biden is survived by his wife, Hallie, and their two children, Natalie and Hunter; his parents, the vice president and Dr. Jill Biden; his brother Hunter Biden, sister-in-law Kathleen, and nieces Naomi, Finnegan, and Maisy; and his sister Ashley Biden and brother-in-law Howard Krein.