WASHINGTON, DC (AP) -- Elizabeth Edwards has died after a six-year fight with cancer. She was 61.
The estranged wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards died in North Carolina this morning. A family friend says Edwards died at 10:15 a.m.
A family statement says, "Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth's presence but she remains the heart of this family."
She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, in the final days of her husband's vice presidential campaign. The family yesterday said doctors had advised that further cancer treatment would be unproductive.
The family is asking that donations be made to the Wade Edwards Foundation which benefits the Wade Edwards Learning Lab. He was the Edwards' teenage son who died in a car accident.
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Statement from the Edwards Family
Elizabeth Anania Edwards, mother, author, advocate died today at her
home in Chapel Hill, surrounded by her family.
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.
On behalf of Elizabeth we want to express our gratitude to the thousands
of kindred spirits who moved and inspired her along the way. Your
support and prayers touched our entire family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wade Edwards Foundation
which benefits the Wade Edwards Learning Lab.