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Elizabeth Edward Dies at 61 After Cancer Battle

Ee Elizabeth Edwards, a mother to four who very publicly faced the infidelity of her senator husband in the last years of her life, and a vocal ally of gay rights, died at 61 this morning after a battle with cancer.

"Her family confirmed the death, saying Mrs. Edwards was surrounded by relatives when she died. A family friend said Mr. Edwards was present. On Monday, two family friends said that Mrs. Edwards’s cancer had spread to her liver and that doctors had advised against further medical treatment."


Watch Chris Matthews discuss Edwards' life on Hardball, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Wish she'd run instead of her husband.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 7, 2010 10:40:04 PM

  2. Tears and thanks for Elizabeth Edwards. Such a beautiful soul.

    Posted by: 13lain | Dec 7, 2010 10:42:23 PM

  3. so very sad. Rest In Peace Elizabeth.

    Posted by: ACe | Dec 7, 2010 11:01:44 PM

  4. The world lost one classy woman. Damn... so sad. Kudos to Paul R. above - she would have made an excellent candidate.

    Posted by: Tre | Dec 7, 2010 11:24:22 PM

  5. Mrs. Edwards was a classy and beautiful woman. May she rest in peace.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Dec 7, 2010 11:45:48 PM

  6. "Watch Chris Matthews discuss Edwards' life on CNN."


    Posted by: Randy | Dec 8, 2010 12:09:28 AM

  7. I have to admit... I was a little devastated by this news. She was an amazing woman, an amazing activist, and she will be missed. Truly, she was one of the good ones.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 8, 2010 12:21:24 AM

  8. Never liked her husband even when the gays were swooning and gushing over him. Always liked her though. Not perfect, but better-than-not and very classy.

    Posted by: JT | Dec 8, 2010 12:21:36 AM

  9. She was a real class act.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Dec 8, 2010 12:45:57 AM

  10. RIP - we will miss your voice.

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 8, 2010 12:53:53 AM

  11. Never liked her husband even when the gays were swooning and gushing over him. Always liked her though. Not perfect, but better-than-not and very classy.

    Posted by: JT | Dec 8, 2010 12:21:36 AM

    Remind someone to say that about one of your loved ones when they die. Give condolences and Move the hell on!

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 8, 2010 1:22:39 AM

  12. Unless John Edwards suffers from anti-social personality disorder and/or some form of malignant sociopathy or psychopathy, he is also devastated and in pain over his wife's death. Unless you can conclusively prove he's not just a flawed human being, but a truly sick individual, don't be too harsh on him at this time.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 8, 2010 2:16:38 AM

  13. She was a class act. Her husband was human garbage! Thank goodness that idiot was never elected and will never be elected in the future!

    Posted by: Adrian | Dec 8, 2010 2:24:03 AM

  14. Grace.

    The first word that comes to mind with this wonderful soul, and U2 put it to music.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Dec 8, 2010 2:58:35 AM

  15. RIP. One inspirational woman reminding us who SHOULD be our leaders!

    Posted by: -DC05- | Dec 8, 2010 4:09:49 AM

  16. John now has the rest of his life to think about what he did to his wife while she was alive.

    Posted by: Jack M | Dec 8, 2010 9:10:33 AM

  17. Such a gracious American southern lady.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Dec 8, 2010 11:24:14 AM

  18. Thanks for being what GOD made you to be...a example...and giver...and so much more.

    As a fellow North Carolinan I understand the gift that you shared and will share with others all over the US and world.

    Life is better because of you and your efforts and actions.

    reggie Dunbar II

    Posted by: Reggie Dunbar II | Dec 8, 2010 2:04:28 PM

  19. Let's not forget that she was horrid to her and her husband's staff and power-hungry beyond belief.

    Posted by: Scott | Dec 8, 2010 4:12:33 PM

  20. Cheating on your wife and impregnating your mistress while your wife is battling a terminal illness is the very definition of TRASH. To see John as anything but trash speaks volumes about ones moral compass. Fact.

    Posted by: RDUB | Dec 8, 2010 6:47:19 PM

  21. LOL @ Chris snapping at me. He must be another North Carolina dork. Yes, Scott, she was the one really pushing her husband to become President too. But, like I said, nobody's perfect. Still sorry to see her go and admire her dignity in the way she handled it.

    Posted by: JT | Dec 8, 2010 8:34:42 PM

  22. Scott, shut up, you stupid queen.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Dec 9, 2010 11:10:21 AM

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