Vice-president Joe Biden said on Saturday that his son Beau had died of brain cancer, at the age of 46. Joseph “Beau” Biden III was an Iraq War veteran and served as the attorney general of Delaware for 8 years.
“The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words,” Biden said in a statement released by the White House. “We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us, especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter.”
On Sunday, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited the Biden family at the US Naval Observatory, the official residence of the vice-president, to pay their condolences. A scheduled reception at the White House was cancelled.
As a boy, Beau and his brother survived a 1972 car accident that killed their mother and sister shortly after Joe Biden had been elected to the Senate.