October 5th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Biden's mother-in-law dies

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (CNN) - Joe Biden's spokesman said the Delaware senator would be canceling campaign events Monday and Tuesday in the wake of his mother-in-law's death Sunday.

"Other details will follow, but we appreciate everyone's respect for the family's privacy during this difficult time," wrote Biden spokesman David Wade.

Bonny Jacobs, Jill Biden's mother, had been sick for a long time and was living in a hospice.

Wade announced Saturday that Sunday and Monday's events were canceled after doctors told the family to stay close by. He said the family is now together at home in Wilmington.

The death comes the same day Biden's son Beau deploys with his National Guard unit to a mobilization station in Texas before a tour in Iraq.


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  1. BM

    Senator Biden, you and your wife have my heartfelt sympathy during your time of bereavement.

    October 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Pamela in N. Ga.

    I am so sorry to hear of the Bidens' loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the Biden family.

    October 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Wayne in CA

    our thoughts and prayers are with the Biden family in this difficult time...

    October 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Prof. Charles, University of Texas

    May she rest in peace. May people leave their family in peace.

    October 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Linda B, Blackshear, Ga

    Jill, Joe and Family, our Sympathy and
    Thoughts are with you, at this time of sorrow. God Bless You and Yours Always

    October 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Mike, FL

    God bless you!

    October 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. C.W. New Orleans, Lousiana

    My condolences to the Biden Family, and may God bless you all.

    Obama/Biden '08!

    October 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. mark

    My condolences go out to the whole Biden family. Take your time. the campaign will be fine. I'll be praying for you.

    October 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. S Callahan

    Our prayers are for you, Senator Biden, Jill, and all of your family.
    1Thess.4:13,14

    October 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Angie

    My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    October 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Chris - Moreno Valley, Ca

    Deepest condolences to the next VP of the U.S.

    October 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. rich

    I don't know the Bidens personally, but as one human to another, I extend my condolenses to the Bidens on their loss.

    October 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Lilbean

    Challenging times to be sure on all fronts, peace and blessings to your family

    October 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Sarah....and my last name isn't Palin

    Prayers are with you Biden's and Jacob's

    October 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Brian

    My condolences to Senator Biden and his family.

    October 5, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. Mark R

    As a Republican and McCain / Palin supporter, my deepest sympathy is with Joe Biden and his family.

    Sorry for your loss Joe,,,,,

    October 5, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Tayo

    May her soul rest in peace

    October 5, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. Matt B

    Our thoughts and sympathy are with you, Joe.

    October 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. Renee

    My thoughts go out to Jill Biden and Joe Biden and all of their family. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.

    October 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Susan

    Dear Sen. and Mrs Biden,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    October 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. Leslie

    So sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts and prayers will be with the entire family. God bless you.

    We love you Jill & Joe!!

    October 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. bob

    Joe, sorry to hear about your mother in law. Our prayers are with you and your family.

    October 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. John

    To Senator Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden:

    You and your family will be kept in my thoughts and prayers for the next few weeks. I'm sure that Mrs. Jacobs was a great woman, and she will be missed.

    October 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. walter and Carol

    Our thoughts and prays are with the Biden and Jacobs family in their time of grief

    October 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. USHA

    Joe Biden is capable of handling the family emergency and the Nation's need for protection, both coming at the same time. He will be able to face anything that will come nationally also.

    October 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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