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Posted: May 31, 2015

5 things to know about Beau Biden

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

WASHINGTON —

Beau Biden, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's oldest son, died Saturday after a fight with brain cancer. He was 46.

Here are some facts about Biden:

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1. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2013. According to The Associated Press, he had surgery at Houston's University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to remove a lesion and received radiation and chemotherapy treatment. He had a relapse earlier this month and was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington.

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2. He served two terms as attorney general of Delaware. In 2014, he announced that he wouldn't seek a third term and was considering running for governor in 2016, the AP reported.

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3. He was a major in the Delaware National Guard. In 2008, he was deployed to Iraq for a year and received a Bronze Star, according to the AP. A spokesman said Biden is entitled to military funeral honors.

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4. He was a lawyer. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and went to Syracuse University for his law degree. He spent five years as a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia and later focused on securities litigation at the Grant & Eisenhofer law firm in Wilmington, Delaware, the AP reported.

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5. He was focused on his family. He is survived by his wife, Hallie, and two children, Natalie and Hunter. "More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother," Joe Biden said. "His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father's saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did."

Beau Biden was preceded in death by his mother, Neilia, and sister Naomi, who were killed in a car accident in 1972, according to CNN. He and his brother, Hunter, were injured in the wreck.

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