Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III, the son of Vice President Biden, a former state attorney general of Delaware and a major in the Delaware Army National Guard, died Saturday of brain cancer. He was 46.
Beau Biden, whose struggle with cancer was kept private, was considered the next political star of the Biden family and was thought likely to become Delaware’s governor. Until recently, it was believed he might run in 2016.
Biden had suffered what was described as a mild stroke in 2010. In 2013, a lesion was removed from his brain. After surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, he went into remission, but the cancer returned this spring and he was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Biden is survived by his wife, Hallie, and two children, Hunter and Ashley.