In personal diary entries included in his new memoir, former Vice President Joe Biden recounts his son Beau Biden’s tearful final days and moments.
In his memoir Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose, Biden discusses visiting his son at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., just days before the former Delaware attorney general’s death from brain cancer at 46. The then-vice president was eager to tell his son that that singer Elton John had visited the White House earlier that day.
That is significant because it reminded him of when he would drive Beau and his brother Hunter to school and all three would sing “Crocodile Rock” with abandon. He then began to sing the song to his son, who laid in bed partially paralyzed, hooked up to a feeding tube for nutrition and a breathing tube in his neck.
Beau Biden was a military man, father and former Delaware Attorney General who served his country with pride. When he passed it was regarded as tragedy on both sides of the aisle.
On May 30th 2015 Beau took his final breath with family by his side.
Biden recalls how his son Hunter, who had left to get food for the family, rushed back, “walked over, bent down to kiss him, and placed his hand over his brother’s heart.”
In his diary that night, Biden wrote, “May 30. 7:51 p.m. It happened. My God, my boy. My beautiful boy.”
Twitter remembered Beau and Joe.