President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have released a statement expressing their condolences over the loss of Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, who passed away yesterday after a six-year battle with breast cancer.
“In her life, Elizabeth Edwards knew tragedy and pain. Many others would have turned inward; many others in the face of such adversity would have given up,” a statement released by the President read.
“But through all that she endured, Elizabeth revealed a kind of fortitude and grace that will long remain a source of inspiration. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”
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Obama also explained that he spoke to members of the Edwards family and offered his deepest sympathy. He called daughter Cate and husband John.
Elizabeth and John separated nearly a year ago after his affair with Rielle Hunter went public. He later admitted to fathering a child with Rielle.
Obama commended Elizabeth during the presidential campaign for her stance on the health care system and poverty.
Vice President Joe Biden also offered his condolences.
“Elizabeth Edwards fought a brave battle against a terrible, ravaging disease that takes too many lives every day. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, and to those who felt they knew her. Jill and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Edwards family as they grieve during this difficult and painful time.”