Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former US senator and Presidential Candidate John Edwards has died.
NBC News says a family spokesman confirmed her death at mid afternoon.
Just yesterday word began to circulate her doctors had discontinued treatment and that near was within weeks.
This afternoon her family issued the following statement:
Statement of 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. 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.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wade Edwards Foundation which benefits the Wade Edwards Learning Lab. "