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. Loree

    My condolences, Sen., er, excuse me, Vice-President Biden.

    October 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. seg

    Take care, Joe and Jill. So sorry.

    October 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. John

    God be with you Biden family.
    John and Sheri,
    Fresno California

    October 5, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. In Our Thoughts

    Joe Biden and his family represent America to me. Our thoughts are with them as they get through this difficult time.

    October 5, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Freddy

    May she rest in peace Sen. Biden.
    Now is time to take care of the fam. as you´ve been doing all these years. That´s why I laughed when Paling talks about parenting. You are just unbeleavable human being.

    Obama=Biden 2008

    October 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Vincent Spaulding

    It would be an unfortunate choice if McCain's attack mongrel from Alaska decided to smear Biden over the next couple of days, but that is what I fully expect from her. The McCain campaign, and Palin in particular, have lost all dignity and will use this sad occasion to denigrate Joe and Barack.

    October 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Chris

    Condolences to Jill Biden and her family.

    October 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. berry

    our prayers are with you joe, and your whole family.

    October 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. PW Va

    My sincerest codolences to Senator and Mrs. Biden and their entire family.

    October 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Jacqui

    My sincere condolences go out to the family of Bonny Jacobs of whom the Bidens are a part. My prayer is that the Lord would strengthen you at this time and that you would be comforted by the happy memories of your beloved Bonny.

    October 5, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Be Blessed! FLORIDA

    May God be with the Biden family during their time of bereavement. My family's thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time!

    October 5, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Leslie

    My sincere condolences to the Biden Family for their loss. I am glad to see that your family comes first at a time like this.

    October 5, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Rens Hoeba

    gecondoleert Joe,
    strength in this time.
    success in everything

    October 5, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. sharon walker

    Dear Friends:
    Hypocracy of McCain when he says business would loose their license if they hire foreign illegals action is more than words.

    In every thing. Citizens what are your constitutional rights to protect your ability to practice and attend services. Whether in one city of the USA or another as a citizen?

    October 5, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Damian Jr

    Dear Biden and family.
    We are with you in this sad time. May her soul rest in peace.

    October 5, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. politsense

    May her soul rest in peace

    October 5, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. Rens Hoeba

    gecondoleert Joe,
    strength in this time.
    success in everything.

    Holland

    October 5, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. mel

    Senator Joe Biden: All our prayers and respect go to you and your loving family.

    October 5, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. chaco

    My condolences to Jill and Joe Biden and their family. The entire Biden family is an inspiration for true family values and love.

    October 5, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Tami

    Saying a Prayer for the Biden Family, hang in there :}

    October 5, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Janice in OK

    Our sympathy and prayers go out to the Bidens in their time of grief.

    October 5, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. linda from South Dakota

    senator biden,, my deepest sympathy is with you and your family ,,, may god bless you and keep you all safe,,,^i^ ^I^

    October 5, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. biden backer in la

    We wish you peace in this time of sorrow. God Bless Joe, Jill and the entire family.

    October 5, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Sherry

    My sympathies and prayers are with Joe & Jill Biden and family at the loss of their loved one. May God bless you all and be with Beau Biden and the National Guard unit he is with, as they head out for their tour in Iraq.

    October 5, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Hans-Erik Iken

    My condolances Senator Biden and family. I wish you all strength and support in these trying times of your loss.

    October 5, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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