Elizabeth Edwards, 61, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. Her family said she passed away at her home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Edwards was an attorney and author and was married to former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. They separated this year after he admitted having an affair.

In recent years, Elizabeth Edwards also campaigned for health care reform. She was 61 years old.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, in the final days of her husband’s vice presidential campaign. The Democratic John Kerry-John Edwards ticket lost to incumbent President George W. Bush.

“Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth’s presence but, she remains the heart of this family,” the family said in a statement. “We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life. On behalf of Elizabeth we want to express our gratitude to the thousands of kindred spirits who moved and inspired her along the way. Your support and prayers touched our entire family.”

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