Vice President Joe Biden announced that his eldest son, Beau, has passed away after a struggle with brain cancer. Beau Biden, 46, was an Iraq War Veteran and former Attorney General of Delaware. As a young child, he survived the terrible car accident that took the lives of Vice President Biden's first wife and daughter. He went on to serve as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice before entering the Army's JAG Corps and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq. Later, he became one of Delaware's most popular politicians and two-time Attorney General.
A statement released by Biden via the White House noted: "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 ... 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."