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Elizabeth Edwards Dies At 61


Elizabeth Edwards, who won national celebrity for her stoic dignity in the face of terminal cancer and the public unraveling of her storybook marriage to one of America's most prominent politicians, died on Tuesday in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was 61.

A tireless advocate -- first for her husband, former senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, and then for cancer research and social causes -- Edwards succumbed after a six-year battle with breast cancer. She died at home, surrounded by family, where she returned from the hospital earlier this week after doctors told her that continuing treatment would be unproductive.

"The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that," Edwards wrote in a December 7 Facebook post announcing her decision to end cancer treatment. "I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious."

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