Delaware está de luto ante la muerte de Joseph "Beau" Biden III, uno de los dos hijos del vicepresidente Joe Biden.
Delaware está de luto ante la muerte de Joseph "Beau" Biden III, uno de los dos hijos del vicepresidente Joe Biden, y quien también fue un veterano de la guerra de Iraq y fiscal general de Delaware, murió a los 46 años, informó la Casa Blanca en un comunicado de prensa este sábado por la noche.
Beau Biden estuvo recibiendo tratamiento en el Centro Medico Militar Nacional Walter Reed en Bethesda, Maryland, de acuerdo con un comunicado dado a conocer el pasado martes por la oficina del vicepresidente. Había sufrido de varios problemas de salud desde 2010 cuando experimentó un ataque, aunque este no afectó sus capacidades motoras o el poder hablar.
En 2013, Beau Biden fue tratado en un hospital de Houston que se especializa en cáncer luego de que sufrió de desorientación y se sintió débil mientras estaba de vacaciones. Después pasó por cirugía para quitarle una lesión cerebral.
A través de todo ese tiempo, Beau Biden continuó sirviendo como fiscal general de Delaware, una posición en la que fue electo por primera vez en 2006. Un demócrata como su padre, ya tenía en el cargo dos periodos y anunció el año pasado que no buscaría presentarse para un tercer periodo porque se preparaba para presentar su candidatura a gobernador.
Beau Biden es el segundo hijo de Joe Biden que muere. En 1972 murieron en un accidente de auto Neilia Biden, la primera esposa del vicepresidente, así como su hija Naomi, que tenía un año.
Beau Biden tenía dos años cuando su madre murió. Él y su hermano Hunter quedaron heridos pero sobrevivieron al accidente, que ocurrió cuando un camión chocó contra el auto en el que iba la familia.
Joe Biden juró como senador junto a las camas de hospital de sus hijos pocas semanas después y desde ese momento se convirtió en un papá de tiempo completo.
Pero Beau y Hunter alentaron a su padre a que se volviera a casar y en 1977 Jill Jacobs, ahora Jill Biden, se convirtió en su nueva madre.
Beau Biden creció en Delaware y fue a la misma preparatoria católica a la que fue su padre. Recibió su título de la Universidad de Pensilvania y estudio leyes en la Universidad de Siracusa.
Luego de ser fiscal en Filadelfia y trabajar como abogado privado por un corto periodo de tiempo, en 2006 ganó por 13.000 votos la elección para fiscal general de Delaware. Su primera reelección, en 2010, la ganó con un margen de 149.000 votos.
Como capitán de la Guardia Nacional de Delaware, Beau Biden fue enviado a Iraq por un año en 2008, donde estuvo en un cargo administrativo.
"El espíritu de Beau vivirá"
El vicepresidente estadounidense y toda la familia Biden se encontraban al lado de Beau cuando falleció. "Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill y yo anunciamos con el corazón roto el fallecimiento de nuestro marido, hermano e hijo, Beau, que luchó contra el cáncer cerebral con la misma integridad, coraje y fuerza que demostró todos los días de su vida", reza el comunicado difundido.
"Toda la familia Biden se haya completamente entristecida. Sabemos que el espíritu de Beau vivirá en todos nosotros, especialmente a través de su valiente esposa, Hallie, y sus dos hijos notables, Natalie y Hunter", continúa dicho documento.
Barack Obama, en un comunicado, mostró su pesar y el de la primera dama, Michelle Obama, tras la muerte del hijo del vicepresidente. En dicho documento se destaca su trabajo como fiscal general y sus servicios prestados en Irak.
Obama rinde un sentido homenaje Beau Biden, a quien describe, "al igual que su padre" como "un hombre bueno, de gran corazón, un devoto católico y muy leal".
"Joe es uno de los hombres más fuertes que jamás hemos conocido -continúa el comunicado- y nada le importa más que la familia. Es una de las cosas que nos gusta de él. Y es un testimonio de Joe y Jill. Beau vivió una vida plena; una vida relevante; una vida que refleja su dedicación por la familia".
Además de su padre Joe Biden y de su madre Jill, a Beau Biden le sobreviven su esposa Hallie, dos hijos, Natalie y Hunter, y su media hermana Ashley.
Beau Biden, son of vice president and former Delaware AG, dies at 46
Joseph "Beau" Biden III, an Iraq War veteran who served as the attorney general of Delaware and was a son of Vice President Joe Biden, died Saturday at age 46, the White House said in a statement.
He died after battling brain cancer, according to the vice president's office.
"Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known," his father wrote in a statement.
Biden had suffered known health problems dating back to 2010, when he experienced a stroke that did not affect his motor skills or speech.
In 2013, Beau Biden was treated at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston after he became disoriented and weak while on vacation. He was diagnosed with brain cancer, and after undergoing surgery was given a clean bill of health.
The cancer returned this spring and Biden pursued aggressive treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the vice president's office said. He died Saturday evening, surrounded by his extended family.
Aside from Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden, Beau Biden is survived by his wife, Hallie; two children, Natalie and Hunter; a brother, also named Hunter; and a half-sister, Ashley.
Throughout his 2010 and 2013 health episodes, Beau Biden continued serving as Delaware's attorney general, a position to which he was first elected in 2006. A Democrat like his father, he served for two terms, and announced in 2014 he wouldn't seek another four years in office as he prepared a run for governor.
Beau Biden is the second of Joe Biden's children to precede their father in death; the vice president's 1-year-old daughter Naomi was killed in a Christmastime car accident in 1972. The crash also took the life of Joe Biden's first wife, Neilia, who was Beau's mother.
Beau Biden was 2 years old when his mother was killed in the crash. He and his younger brother Hunter were injured but survived the accident, which occurred when a truck careened into the car the family was riding in.
Joe Biden was sworn in as senator at his sons' hospital bedside a few weeks later, and according to the 1988 political biography "What It Takes," by Richard Ben Cramer, the first-term lawmaker threw himself headlong into single parenthood.
"Joe was the parent. Period. No confusion," Cramer wrote. "Joe didn't want anybody else raising his kids, thanks. He was there every night, every weekend. They had stories at bedtime, games of catch on the lawn, outings, trips, places to go."
Beau and Hunter encouraged their father to remarry, and in 1977 Jill Jacobs, now Jill Biden, wife of the vice president, became their stepmother.
"My mom came along -- I have two moms now -- who came along in 1977 and rebuilt our family, and helped my dad rebuild our family," Beau Biden told CNN in 2012. "She's an incredible mother."
Beau Biden grew up in Delaware and graduated from the same Catholic high school as his father. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and attended law school at Syracuse University.
After serving as a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia for nine years, and briefly working in private practice, Biden won his first election for attorney general in 2006 by 13,000 votes. When he was re-elected in 2010, Beau Biden increased his winning margin to 149,000 votes over his Republican competitor.
During his time in office, Biden took aggressive tactics to tamp down on child sex crimes perpetrators, netting 180 convictions. He also went after banks and mortgage lenders for their roles in perpetrating crooked loans.
A captain in the Delaware Army National Guard, Beau Biden was deployed to Iraq for a year in 2008, serving in an administrative post with the 261st Signal Brigade.
And while Beau Biden chose to pursue the same field as his father -- from whom he inherited a square jaw and folksy patter -- he claimed in 2010 the pair didn't regularly talk politics.
Statement by the President on the Passing of Beau Biden
Michelle and I are grieving tonight. Beau Biden was a friend of ours. His beloved family – Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter – are friends of ours. And Joe and Jill Biden are as good as friends get.
Beau took after Joe. He studied the law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school. He chased a life of public service, like his dad, serving in Iraq and as Delaware’s Attorney General. Like his dad, Beau was a good, big-hearted, devoutly Catholic and deeply faithful man, who made a difference in the lives of all he touched – and he lives on in their hearts.
But for all that Beau Biden achieved in his life, nothing made him prouder; nothing made him happier; nothing claimed a fuller focus of his love and devotion than his family.
Just like his dad.
Joe is one of the strongest men we’ve ever known. He’s as strong as they come, and nothing matters to him more than family. It’s one of the things we love about him. And it is a testament to Joe and Jill – to who they are – that Beau lived a life that was full; a life that mattered; a life that reflected their reverence for family.
The Bidens have more family than they know. In the Delaware they love. In the Senate Joe reveres. Across this country that he has served for more than forty years. And they have a family right here in the White House, where hundreds of hearts ache tonight – for Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter; for Joe and for Jill; for Beau’s brother, Hunter; his sister, Ashley, and for the entire Biden clan.
“I have believed the best of every man,” wrote the poet William Butler Yeats, “And find that to believe it is enough to make a bad man show him at his best or even a good man swing his lantern higher.”
Beau Biden believed the best of us all. For him, and for his family, we swing our lanterns higher.
Michelle and I humbly pray for the good Lord to watch over Beau Biden, and to protect and comfort his family here on Earth.
Statement by the Vice President
It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.
The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us—especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter.
Beau's life was defined by service to others. As a young lawyer, he worked to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo. A major in the Delaware National Guard, he was an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. As Delaware’s Attorney General, he fought for the powerless and made it his mission to protect children from abuse.
More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother. His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father's saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.
In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.
U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) issued the following statement regarding the passing of Beau Biden.
“Beau Biden was an extraordinary father, husband, son, and public servant, but above all, he was a good and decent man. His passing is a great loss for his family and friends and for Delaware.
“Throughout his life, Beau never shied away from doing the right thing, even when it meant doing the hard thing. Beau served his country and community with honor, and that’s how he will be remembered
"My family knew Beau as a family man devoted to his wife, Hallie, and their children, Natalie and Hunter, and as a hardworking, kind-hearted person.
"Annie and I are praying tonight for the entire Biden family – for Joe and Jill, for Hunter and Ashley, and for Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter – and we know they have the support and love of their neighbors all throughout our state.”
– U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) released this statement on the passing of Beau Biden:
“Martha and I just heard the news that Beau had passed away after a valiant struggle. Our hearts are breaking for Joe and Jill, for Hallie and their children, Natalie and Hunter, and for the entire Biden family. Beau represented all that is good about Delaware and our country. He was the complete package – bright; hardworking; incredibly loyal to his family; a loving son, brother, husband and father, principled; handsome; well-spoken; unassuming. He had the heart of a servant, too. His future seemed to know no bounds.
Congressman John Carney released the following statement regarding the passing of Beau Biden.
"Tracey and I are heartbroken. It's one of those times when you imagine if you try hard enough, the news somehow won't be true. There are no words deep enough to express our sense of loss, and there are certainly no words meaningful enough to express our sympathy to Hallie and the children, to Joe, Jill, Hunter, Ashley, Valerie, and all the family. Beau had a warm and generous spirit. He was a truly giving person, and he appreciated the good in others in the way we all should. He leaves a legacy of service, and also a great personal legacy that calls on each of us to be more gentle in our judgments and more gracious with our thanks. He was one of the best of the good guys."
Statement from the Governor on Death of Beau Biden
Governor Markell extended his deepest sympathies to the family of Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III.
"Carla and I are heartbroken for Hallie, his children, his parents, his siblings, and the entire Biden family. Beau spent his entire career in the service of his country and his state. He was an outstanding Attorney General, lawyer, soldier, and father. I feel privileged to have served with him and Delaware is a better place thanks to him.
Beau was also a friend. He was unfailingly interested in the well being of Carla, my kids and my extended family. My entire family is shattered by his death."
In honor and remembrance of Beau's life, the Governor has directed that the U.S. and Delaware flags be flown at half-staff.
Statement by Wilmington City Council President Theo Gregory:
“I join with my Council colleagues and with citizens in Wilmington and throughout our State in expressing great sadness concerning the passing of Beau Biden. On behalf of our City Council Members and Council staff, I express condolences to Hallie and the children, to Vice-President Biden and Dr. Biden, the entire Biden family and Beau’s many friends. He served his state and country with distinction. Beau cared deeply about his fellow Delawareans and we are grateful for his record of public service. Above all, we will remember him for being a good person who was devoted to his family.”