Elizabeth Edwards, a best-selling author and the driving force behind husband John Edwards’ political career before it was destroyed by his infidelity, has died of cancer. She was 61.
Elizabeth Edwards reportedly was not in any pain and was surrounded at home in North Carolina by family and friends, including her estranged husband, a former Democratic presidential candidate.
The Edwards family released the following statement:
“Elizabeth Anania Edwards, mother, author, advocate, died today at her home in Chapel Hill, surrounded by her 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.
“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.
“In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wade Edwards Foundation which benefits the Wade Edwards Learning Lab.” The Edwards’ son Wade died in a car accident at age 16 in 1996.