CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina — Elizabeth Edwards, who closely advised her husband John in two bids for the presidency and advocated for health care even as her marriage publicly crumbled, died Tuesday after a six-year struggle with cancer. She was 61.
She died at her North Carolina home surrounded by her three children, siblings, friends and her estranged husband, John, the family said.
She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, in the final days of her husband's vice presidential campaign. The US Democratic John Kerry-John Edwards ticket lost to incumbent President George W. Bush.