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Elizabeth Edwards dies at 61

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Elizabeth Edwards' family has confirmed her death today in North Carolina from cancer.

Edwards, who was 61, had battled breast cancer since 2004. She was the estranged wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.

A family statement says Edwards "remains the heart" of the family. She was described as inspiring and full of life. Gratitude was expressed to "thousands of kindred spirits who moved and inspired her along the way."

The family is asking that donations be made to the Wade Edwards Foundation, which benefits the Wade Edwards Learning Lab. He was the Edwards' teenaged son who died in a car accident in 1996.

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