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Elizabeth Edwards Dies After Battle With Cancer

By: David Shepherd (dshepherd@wtwo.com) Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, died Tuesday morning after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. She was 61.

NBC News is reporting, gravely ill with cancer that no longer responded to treatment, Elizabeth Edwards was reportedly not in any pain and was surrounded at home in North Carolina by family and friends, including her estranged husband John Edwards, a former Democratic presidential candidate.

(msnbc.com) — Her death came at 10:15 Tuesday morning, according to a family friend. The scene was described as “very peaceful.”

The friend said, “Elizabeth did not want people to say she lost her battle with cancer.  The battle was about living a good life and that she won.”

Family friends provided to NBC News this statement from the Edwards Family.

“Elizabeth Anania Edwards, mother, author, advocate died today at her home in Chapel Hill, surrounded by her family.

“Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth’s presence but she remains the heart of this family.

NEW INFORMATION:  The White House released a statement Tuesday night on behalf of the President.  It read…

“Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Elizabeth Edwards.  This afternoon I spoke to Cate Edwards and John Edwards, and offered our family’s condolences.  I came to know and admire Elizabeth over the course of the presidential campaign.  She was a tenacious advocate for fixing our health care system and fighting poverty, and our country has benefited from the voice she gave to the cause of building a society that lifts up all those left behind. 

In her life, Elizabeth Edwards knew tragedy and pain.  Many others would have turned inward; many others in the face of such adversity would have given up.  But through all that she endured, Elizabeth revealed a kind of fortitude and grace that will long remain a source of inspiration.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”  – President Obama’s Statement on the death of Edwards.

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Nurse In Famous V-J Day Photo Dies

By: David Shepherd [dshepherd@wtwo.com] – Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Her photograph will forever be etched in American history, widely circulated across the country at the end of World War II.

Edith Shain died Sunday at the age of 91, according to her family.

Shain’s face became an historic symbol because of the photo that shows her, clad in a white nurses uniform, being kissed by an American sailor in New York’s Times Square as the nation celebrated the end of World War II.

Despite the popularity of the photograph, Shain wasn’t identified as the woman in the picture until the late 1970s when she wrote a letter to the photographer telling him she’s the woman in the photo.

For years, the identity of the sailor has been disputed and still remains unresolved today.

Shain died at her Los Angeles home, leaving behind three sons, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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