(CNN) - Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of 2004 vice presidential candidate and former North Carolina senator John Edwards, died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 61. She died at the family home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, according to a statement released by the family. "Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth's presence but she remains the heart of this family," the statement said. "We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life." Edwards was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after her husband lost his bid for vice president in November 2004.
Today on American Morning, Karen Finney, friend of Elizabeth Edwards and her former director of communications, talks to AM's Kiran Chetry and John Roberts and CNN's Candy Crowley about Edwards' character throughout her life and her husband's campaigns.