Sanders' daughter-in-law dies at 46 after cancer diagnosis

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders I-Vt. departs Burlington International Airport after disembarking from a plane in South Burlington Vt. on Saturday Oct. 5 2019. Sanders is back home in Vermont after being treated for a heart

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders I-Vt. departs Burlington International Airport after disembarking from a plane in South Burlington Vt. on Saturday Oct. 5 2019. Sanders is back home in Vermont after being treated for a heart

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a Democratic presidential hopeful, speaks to reporters outside his home Tuesday in Burlington, Vt. The campaign issued a follow-up statement from treating physicians Arturo E. Marchand and Arjun Gururaj acknowledging it was a heart attack that had required urgent care.

Last Friday, the Sanders campaign said he had suffered a heart attack but that he would be back on the campaign trail soon. He also admitted that he will have to reduce the number of campaign events he holds a day because of his health.

"We were doing, you know, in some cases five or six meetings a day, three or four rallies and town meetings and meeting with groups of people", Mr. Sanders said.

It wasn't until last week that she returned home to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she learned of her cancer diagnosis, but sadly died just two days later. "And I should have listened to those symptoms", he said.

The family said that Riggs, who was married to Levi Sanders, had fallen ill three weeks ago but her mysterious condition left doctors "stumped".

Sanders, who is known for his socialist policies, has repeatedly faced skepticism for "Medicare for All", which some analysts estimate would cost $32.6 trillion over 10 years. Former vice president Joe Biden and Sen.

Last week's heart attack, which Sanders' campaign disclosed almost three days after announcing he'd been hospitalized and received two stents to address a blockage in an artery, has thrust concerns about the age of Democrats' top presidential contenders out into the open. Those who have spoken to him say he is quick to shout down questions about his health, insisting that he's fine - and that he vowed to remain committed to the 2020 race in a Monday conference call with his entire campaign staff.

Standard practice when a person comes to a doctor with chest pain is a set of tests that can tell if they are suffering a heart attack, say leading heart doctors including a Harvard medical professor. Tuesday's remarks were the first in which Sanders himself has been so open about what happened.

But his campaign's lack of transparency surrounding the episode has sparked a media backlash and reinvigorated worries about the trio of septuagenarians now leading the race for the Democratic nomination, among which the 78-year-old Sanders is the oldest. In late August, for example, he participated in a softball game with his campaign staffers in Iowa.

Pressed on what that meant, Sanders replied: "Well, probably not doing four rallies a day". "When you're hurting, when you're tired, when you have pain in your chest, listen to it".

"I must confess, I was dumb", Sanders said in front of his house, speaking in soft, calm tones with his wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders, looking on behind him.

Bloomberg asked the Sanders campaign if he had the blood test to determine whether he had a heart attack on Tuesday per standard procedure. Many Democratic voters have said they anxious about nominating a septuagenarian candidate.

Later Tuesday, the Sanders team announced a series of endorsements from local officials in Nevada.

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