As Political Animal readers are no doubt already aware, Beau Biden has passed away after a series of struggles against brain cancer.

Beau was many things in his life: a soldier, an attorney general, a husband and a father, and a star fixture in Democratic politics. Before his cancer returned he was preparing to make a run for governor of Delaware in 2016, and he was widely viewed as a potential President sometime down the road. Described by almost all who knew him as charming, charismatic and essentially decent, his untimely passing at the young age of 46 is just one more heartbreaking tragedy for the Biden family. But it’s also a deeply regrettable loss for the nation.

He was a man who committed himself to making the world a better place. He was taken from us too soon. The best way we can honor him is to not only remember him and give our best wishes to the Biden family–it is also continue his work, and help bring about the positive changes in the world that he sought to achieve. He will certainly be missed.

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Follow David on Twitter @DavidOAtkins. David Atkins is a writer, activist and research professional living in Santa Barbara. He is a contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal and president of The Pollux Group, a qualitative research firm.