(WILMINGTON, DEL.) - Joe Biden has cancelled his events for early this week after the passing of his mother in law.
"The Obama-Biden campaign today cancelled Sen. Biden's schedule Monday and Tuesday because of the passing of Jill Biden's mother, Bonny Jean Jacobs, this afternoon after a long illness," Biden spokesman David Wade wrote in an e-mail to the press.
"Other details will follow, but we appreciate everyone's respect for the family's privacy during this difficult time."
Biden had already dropped plans to campaign in Washington, D.C., on Saturday and Virginia today when his family realized the seriousness of Mrs. Jacobs' condition.
He had planned to speak at rallies in New Hampshire tomorrow and begin a Florida bus tour on Tuesday, which was to last a few days.
Members of Biden's travelling press corps learned yesterday afternoon of Jill Biden's mother's illness and were asked to keep a respectful distance from the Biden family as they spent final hours together with Mrs. Jacobs, who lived in nearby Pennsylvania.