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On the evening of Saturday May 30th, Joe Biden‘s son Beau Biden passed away following a long battle with brain cancer. He was 46 years old.

The Huffington Post shared a message from the White House regarding Beau’s passing:

It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.

The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. 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.

Beau’s life was defined by service to others. As a young lawyer, he worked to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo. A major in the Delaware National Guard, he was an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. As Delaware’s Attorney General, he fought for the powerless and made it his mission to protect children from abuse.

More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother. His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. 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 was hospitalized earlier this week and passed away yesterday night, surrounded by his family. In 2013, Beau was diagnosed with brain cancer and had undergone successful treatment. Unfortunately,  the cancer returned earlier this year.

President Obama spoke briefly on the death of Joe’s son:

Michelle and I are grieving tonight.

Beau Biden was a friend of ours. His beloved family — Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter — are friends of ours. And Joe and Jill Biden are as good as friends get.

Our deepest condolences go out to Joe Biden and his family during this devastating time. He was married with two kids.

Rest in peace, Beau.

SOURCE: Complex | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty 

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