Elizabeth Edwards Passes Away at 61

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Elizabeth Edwards, a lawyer, best-selling author, mother of three and the wife of two-time presidential candidate John Edwards, died peacefully in her home.

She was 61. Just days after doctors advised her to suspend her cancer treatment, Elizabeth tragically succumbed after battling the disease for over six years.

Elizabeth Edwards was surrounded by friends and family in her last days, including John himself. She and John were estranged following the Rielle Hunter scandal.

R.I.P. Elizabeth Edwards (1949-2010).

Monday, Elizabeth posted what read like a farewell message on her Facebook page reading, "The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that."

"And yes, there are certainly times when we aren't able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It's called being human,"she added.

"But 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 is survived by a grown daughter, Cate, and two young children, Jack and Emma. Her son Wade died in a car accident at age 16 back in 1996.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina Law School, she was her famous husband's intellectual equal, his chief ideologue and most of all, his rock.

Edwards helped remake the role of the political spouse in this era. She was the driving force behind her husband’s rise to the Democratic political elite.

As strategist, campaign manager, surrogate and public interpreter for her husband, she earned a nation's respect - but that respect grew in recent years.

John Edwards' career unraveled as quickly and shockingly after he fathered a love child with Hunter, then lied and possibly illegally tried to cover it up.

But Elizabeth’s charm, intelligence and class never wavered, and her willingness to condemn John's actions and separate from him spoke volumes.

Our condolences go out to her children and loved ones.

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What a strong woman Elizabeth was. I never heard her say a word against John, that was because she had so much class. Wish I could say the same about him...How many out there thinks if he runs again for public office, he would be elected? Not me.

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RIP to this truly courageous, inspirational woman. my deepest sympathy goes out to her children... may they find peace and reassurance that they're mother is in a better place where she is no longer in pain. god be with them all in this sad, sad time...

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she was a true class act who deserved so much better.

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Obviously, her broken and betrayed heart did not benefit her health... Not to mention the 2004 Election loss...
I hope that John Edwards feels very, very guilty. Shame on him!!
That woman gave him EVERYTHING she had!!!
R.I.P.

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i pass deep condolensce, may her R.I.P

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@THG,
On Monday, you gave your readers an update on Elizabeth's health,
which allowed us a chance to share a few words about her.
Even though,we received the sad news today of losing her,
Elizabeth Edwards will long be remembered for living through her illness with grace,self dignity and respect. I read the article in People Magazine from July the 12th,2010 that featured Elizabeth. I believe that her oldest daughter Cate will be sure that the younger children will continue to be well provided for in a secure environment. After all Cate learned from the best in caring for her siblings. She learned from her mother Elizabeth Edwards.

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R.I.P. Elizabeth Edwards
I hope you will be able to have some rest now, and be with your son.

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RIP to a great woman. You are in heaven knowing you will not have to see John Edwards and his scum ho Hunter. Both of these scum bags will be roasting in a special hell that's worse than hell.

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Indeed a sad ending. I'm glad that she has her son with her on their new journey. R.I.P. Liz

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Elizabeth Edwards. This article was spot-on. You fought this disease for so long, and rebuilt each piece of your life before it could crumble. I so admire you for being such a fighter, such an inspiration, such a role model for everyone. I hope you know everyone is proud of you. And when (NOT if!) we find a cure for strains of cancer, we will remember you. I'm so sorry to hear this news. Rest in peace.