Elizabeth Edwards, who closely advised her
husband 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.
Elizabeth Edwards, center, prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts on Capitol Hill on Oct. 20, 2009, in Washington. Edwards, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, testified about how reforming bankruptcy law might help alleviate the impact of some medical debt.
House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) greets former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine (D) as Elizabeth Edwards embraces Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) before a hearing about health care reform on Sept. 18, 2008 in Washington. The panel included researchers, health experts and academics talking about the future of health care in the United States.
Edwards walks with seven time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong as they leave a Chicago baseball field after filming a Stand Up for Cancer Foundation promo on Monday, July 21, 2008. The two worked together often on cancer research and fundraising efforts.
Elizabeth Edwards talks with Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during a full committee hearing on "Cancer: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century" on May 8, 2008, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and Edwards each testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee hearing on the challenges and opportunities for fighting cancer, Thursday, May 8, 2008, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Democratic presidential candidate and former Sen. John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, are greeted by Owen, Maggie and Carrie McKim before a campaign event on Jan. 2, 2008, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, on the eve of the Iowa Caucus.
Edwards hugs her son Jack on stage during a New Year's Day campaign event at Iowa State University on Jan. 1, 2008, in Ames, Iowa. At the time, Edwards, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama were locked in a very tight race to win the Iowa Caucus.
Democratic presidential hopeful former Sen. John Edwards speaks to voters as his wife, Elizabeth, looks on at a town hall style meeting at the Putnam Museum and IMAX Theatre on Dec. 28, 2007, in Davenport, Iowa.
Presenter/cyclist Lance Armstrong, honoree Elizabeth Edwards, presenter Cate Edwards, and presenter Emma Claire Edwards are seen on stage during the 2007 Glamour Women of the Year award ceremony at Lincoln Center on Nov. 5, 2007, in New York.
Elizabeth Edwards and her family attend the Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall on Nov. 5, 2007, in New York. Edwards was honored for her work ethic and dedication to her family.
Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth Edwards, share a light moment during a news conference held to tell of the return of her cancer on March 22, 2007, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Elizabeth said that the former senator would continue his run for the presidency.
Elizabeth Edwards, Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and former Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio) attend church services at the Greater Grace Temple during a break from the "Believe in America" bus and train campaign tour on Aug. 1, 2004, in Springfield, Ohio.
Cate Edwards, right, daughter of Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., introduces her mother, Elizabeth Edwards, on stage during the Democratic National Convention in Boston on July 28, 2004.
Elizabeth Edwards, Emma Claire Edwards, Jack Edwards, Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Teresa Heinz Kerry and Chris Heinz pose for a photo on July 7, 2004, in Pittsburgh, before embarking on a four-day campaign tour.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator John Edwards visited with staff members and journalists while his wife Elizabeth read the morning newspaper on the campaign bus on the way to their first stop of the day on Nov. 5, 2003, in Manchester, N.H.
Elizabeth poses with her husband, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC) and children Catharine (then a junior at Princeton University), 5-year-old Emma Claire and 3-year-old Jack in front of his campaign bus in Nashua, N.H., on Aug. 20, 2003, the first stop on a six-day campaigning bus tour of New Hampshire for Edwards and his family.