Mother of four children, Elizabeth Edwards has died of cancer at the age of 61. Yesterday the media became aware that doctors told her she was unresponsive to treatment and should rest at home with family and friends. She was given a prognosis of having a few more weeks left.
“Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth’s presence but she remains the heart of this family,” the Edwards family says in a statement.
“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.”
She died at her home in Chapel Hill, S.C., surrounded by her family.
Yesterday, Elizabeth thanked her supporters on her Facebook page. Diagnosed with cancer in 2004, the disease later spread to her bone and then had metastasized in her liver.
Elizabeth is from Jacksonville, Florida and was attending law school when she met John Edwards. In her Facebook message, which was posted yesterday, Elizabeth said: “I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.”
Elizabeth was intelligent, graceful, optimistic, and a mature role model for her children and women everywhere. Elizabeth truly led by example and she will be sorely missed. Our condolences and thoughts go out to the Edwards family and friends during this difficult time.