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RIP, Beau Biden

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Songbird, May 30, 2015.

  1. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    The vice president's son died of brain cancer, age 46.


    WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden III, the former attorney general of Delaware and the eldest son of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., has died after spending more than a week receiving an unspecified treatment at theWalter Reed National Military Medical Center, his father announced on Saturday. The younger Mr. Biden was 46.

    In 2010, Mr. Biden, known as Beau, had suffered what officials described as a mild stroke. Three years later, he was admitted to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston after what White House officials described at the time as “an episode of disorientation and weakness.”

    Officials said in 2013 that the doctors in Texas had removed a small lesion from his brain.

    Mr. Biden’s death marks a second tragic loss for the vice president, whose first wife, Neilia, and 13-month-old daughter, Naomi, were killed in a car accident in 1972 when the station wagon they were driving in to go Christmas shopping was hit by a tractor-trailer. Beau Biden and his brother, Hunter, were also injured in the crash, but both survived.

  2. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    That's awful, awful news.

    I cannot imagine having to bury a second child.
  3. UPChip

    UPChip Well-Known Member

    Truly awful. For the many easy jokes that are made about Biden's public persona, the man's had more than his fair share of ups and downs.
  4. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    I've respected how Biden handled the 1972 car crash that took his wife and daughter -- and even told him so after a 1-on-1 interview a few years back. He seemed truly touched. Father to father, I can't even fathom how one makes it through that.
  5. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

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  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

  7. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    Truly tragic. As a parent, just the thought of what Biden has been through is just too insane to comprehend.

  8. SnarkShark

    SnarkShark Well-Known Member

    Ugh. These are brutal.
  9. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I had a high school teacher once tell us that the worst possible thing in the world was for a parent to bury a child, because it's just not supposed to happen. Whenever I hear of a child dying, I think of his words to us, RIP

    And, not to make this too political, but you just know some Republican is going to put his foot in his mouth and say something stupid.
  10. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    Fuck, I hope not... Situations like this should remind people that even those who disagree politically deal with the same fears and tragedies in their lives.
  11. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    LOL. Good last line, Baron. Reminds us all that irony is alive and well.
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  12. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Joe Biden had one final bit of advice, a warning, really, for these very successful students. No matter how accomplished their lives turned out to be, they would not be able to control their fates.

    “Reality has a way of intruding,” the vice president told thousands of graduating Yale University students two weeks ago.

    Biden spent the next several minutes unfurling a story he had told hundreds, if not thousands, of times before: his improbable 1972 Senate victory, the car crash that took his wife and daughter, the weeks spent coaxing his two young sons toward recovery.

    What the crowd didn’t know was that reality had again intruded in the vice president’s life.

    Hiding behind a pair of aviator sunglasses that played along with the irreverent traditions of “Yale Class Day,” Biden delivered the speech knowing that his eldest son was dying of cancer — the same son whose injuries in the crash forced Biden in 1973 to take the Senate oath in a hospital room, beside his son’s bed.

    Beau Biden had already been admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda for what the vice president’s staff would later call “aggressive treatment” of brain cancer.

    Joseph Robinette Biden III, 46, the former attorney general of Delaware and a leading candidate for governor in 2016, died Saturday.

    In the stoic tradition of Irish Catholicism, the vice president kept his son’s deteriorating condition to a tightknit circle of family, his closest friends, top advisers and President Obama. The president, along with first lady Michelle Obama, visited the Biden home at the Naval Observatory on Sunday to pay their respects to the vice president and his wife, Jill.

    Family losses frame Vice President Biden’s career - The Washington Post
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