41-year-old Beau Biden, Attorney General for the state of Delaware and son of Joe Biden, has been hospitalized for a headache and “some discomfort” at Christiana Hospital in Delaware.
The younger Biden was scheduled to speak tonight on the topic “My Life in Public Service,” but that engagement has been canceled due to his hospitalization. ABC News ran a statement from Joe Biden’s office:
The statement from the Vice President’s office said Beau is “alert and awake, and communicating with his parents and his wife, who are with him,” but it did not indicate the specific reason for the treatment.
Biden, who served a year in Iraq as a captain in the Delaware Army National Guard’s 261st Signal Brigade, considered a run this November for his father’s Senate seat in Delaware before deciding to remain in his spot as Delaware Attorney General. Beau Biden addressed the decision in a letter to supporters in January:
“I have a duty to fulfill as Attorney General — and the immediate need to focus on a case of great consequence. And that is what I must do. Therefore I cannot and will not run for the United States Senate in 2010. I will run for reelection as Attorney General.”
Joe Biden underwent two surgeries for life-threatening brain aneurysms when he was four years older than Beau is now, at the age of 45.