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Elizabeth Edwards dies after battle with breast cancer

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Published: 7th Dec 2010 22:44:16

Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, has died after a battle with breast cancer, a family spokesperson has said.

Mrs Edwards' doctors announced on Monday that further treatment would be unproductive and that she might only have months to live.

Mr Edwards and his wife separated in January after revelations he had fathered a child during an affair.

Mr Edwards ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

Mrs Edwards, 61, was first diagnosed with cancer in 2004. The disease then went into remission until the 2008 presidential campaign.

Mr Edwards declined to withdraw from the race until effectively forced out by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama months later.

"Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth's presence, but she remains the heart of this family," her family said 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."

Mrs Edward's thanked her supporters on her Facebook page on Monday.

"The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered," wrote Mrs Edwards.

She added that she had found that "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".

Mrs Edwards, who endured a media frenzy about her husband's infidelity while battling cancer, wrote two best-selling books called Resilience and Saving Graces about her illness and her marriage.

She died in the US state of North Carolina at 1015 (1515 GMT) on Tuesday, according a friend of the family quoted by the Associated Press.

Mrs Edwards' family asked that donations be made to the Wade Edwards Foundation - an organisation established in honour of the Edwards' son who died in a car accident when he was 16-years-old.

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