US Vice President Joe Biden says his son has died of brain cancer. Natasha Howitt reports.
Beau Biden, the son of U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, died on Saturday after battling brain cancer. "The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words," the vice President said in a statement released by the White House. The 46-year-old former Delaware Attorney General, who also served a year-long tour in Iraq, was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2013 but given the all-clear by November. But the cancer recurred in April this year, and Beau was hospitalized this month seeking aggressive treatment. The vice President has faced family tragedy before. Shortly after winning election to the U.S. Senate in 1972, his wife and daughter were killed in a car crash. President Barack Obama paid warm tribute to Beau Biden, saying he took after his father. Joe Biden has been vice president since Obama first took office in January 2009.