Friday, November 11, 2016

Death of Beau Biden: President Obama's Eulogy

Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III (February 3, 1969 – May 30, 2015) was an American attorney, an officer in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG), and politician from Wilmington, Delaware. The eldest of three children from the marriage of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his first wife, Neilia Biden, he was the stepson of Second Lady of the U.S. Jill Biden.

For the final few years of his life, Biden suffered from brain cancer (glioblastoma). In August 2013, Biden was admitted to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and diagnosed with brain cancer, after experiencing what White House officials called "an episode of disorientation and weakness". A lesion was removed at that time. Biden had radiation and chemotherapy treatments, and the cancer remained stable. On May 20, 2015, he was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, because of a recurrence of brain cancer. He died there 10 days later, on 30 May, 2015, at age 46. His funeral was held at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware on June 6, 2015. The Vice President's son's death was widely mourned within the U.S. He was buried at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Cemetery in Delaware.

President Obama delivered a eulogy in honor of Beau Biden, a dedicated son, husband, father, and public servant, at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in Wilmington, DE. June 6, 2015