CNN reports this story:
Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with cancer, according to a family spokesperson. She was 61.
The Edwards family released a statement Tuesday:
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.
We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life.