Tonight, Vice President Joe Biden and his family announced that his son, former Delaware Attorney General Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III, has passed away after a battle with brain cancer. We are heartbroken by this tragic news, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Biden family at this time. The Office of the Vice President released the following statement:
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.
In 2008, Beau Biden introduced his father at the Democratic National Convention, delivering a heartfelt, emotional speech that earned national acclaim. You can view the full address here:
Following his son's speech, Vice President Biden said:
You know, folks, my dad used to have an expression. He'd say, "A father knows he's a success when he turns and looks at his son or daughter and know that they turned out better than he did." I'm a success; I'm a hell of a success.
Beau, I love you. I'm so proud of you. I'm so proud of the son you've become; I'm so proud of the father you are.
Beau Biden is survived by his wife, Hallie, and their two children. זיכרונו לברכה - May his memory be for a blessing.