Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. She was 61.
A Facebook page has been created called “Prayers for Elizabeth Edwards” in her honor.
Edwards, an attorney, author and health care advocate passed away in her Chapel Hill home surrounded by family.
“Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth’s presence but she remains the heart of this family. We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life,” her family said in a statement.
“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.”
Edwards was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. In 2007 she announced the disease had spread to her ribs and hips but she said it was incurable but treatable.
Just this Monday, Edwards released a statement saying she had stopped treatment after doctors told her additional treatment would be “unproductive.”
Our deepest sympathies and prayers to the family.