*After a six-year battle with breast cancer, Elizabeth Edwards has died at age 61, according to reports.
Earlier this week it was announced that Edwards, who had been admitted and then released from the hospital over Thanksgiving, had stopped all cancer treatment.
Edwards who is estranged from her husband and one-time presidential hopeful John Edwards, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004.
“Elizabeth has been advised by her doctors that further treatment of her cancer would be unproductive,” said a statement released by Edwards’ family. “She is resting at home with family and friends.”
A close friend of the Edwards family told ABC News that John Edwards was among those who were at her side during her final days. The friend described the environment at the house as warm and peaceful. The mood was sad, but also full of warm feelings too.
The friend said Elizabeth is not in pain, and is at peace with what is happening. The children, the friend said, are doing “OK.”
On her Facebook page, Edwards wrote a moving message that hinted at her pending death.
“You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces – my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope,” she wrote. “These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined.”
“The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human,” wrote Edwards.
Born Mary Elizabeth Anania, Elizabeth Edwards grew up in Virginia as the daughter of a navy pilot.
She initially planned to teach literature, but ultimately pursued a law degree at the University of North Carolina, where she met John.
The couple had four children. Their oldest, Wade, was killed in an automobile accident in 1996 at the age of 16.