Elizabeth Edwards died today.
(Reuters) - Elizabeth Edwards, a best-selling author and the driving force behind her husband John Edwards's political career before it was destroyed by his infidelity, died on Tuesday at age 61. Edwards died of cancer on Tuesday morning at her home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina surrounded by her family, they said in a statement.
"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," they said.
Edwards was first diagnosed with breast cancer and treated in 2004. In 2007, the cancer returned and spread to other parts of her body. She wrote two best-selling books, "Resilience" and "Saving Graces," about her long battle with cancer and the scandal surrounding her husband, a wealthy trial lawyer who served as a U.S. senator from North Carolina and twice ran for president.
This came as somewhat of a shock. I heard a story on the radio yesterday that said she was stopping treatment and had perhaps only weeks to live. I thought about what must go through one's mind when told you had but weeks to live. Turns out, it was only hours.
I don't want to say anything to take away from what this dear lady suffered, but her husband, John, has been a sleazebag for as long as I can remember. I knew he was lying scum long before news of his affair or illegitimate child came out.
Elizabeth's fault, if she had one, was in showing loyalty to someone who did not deserve it. After all the embarrassment and suffering, may she rest in peace.