Bernie Sanders' daughter-in-law Rainè Riggs dies at 46 just two days after being diagnosed with cancer
The mother of three, who was married to Sanders’ son, Levi, had started feeling ill three weeks ago and was later diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer
The daughter-in-law of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has died, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. Rainè Riggs was 46.
The Lee & Martin Funeral Home in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, said Riggs died on Saturday, the day Sanders returned to Vermont after suffering a heart attack.
Her obituary said she was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer just two days before her death.
Riggs, a neuropsychologist, was married to Levi Sanders, who ran unsuccessfully for a New Hampshire congressional seat in 2018. Riggs' obituary says she met Levi Sanders while the two worked at an emergency food shelter in Vermont.
The obituary said Riggs was the director of behavioral medicine at Dartmouth Medical School for several years, and she started the Palliative Care Department for Dartmouth Medical Center. She also owned Riggs Geriatric Psychology in Windsor, Vermont.
Riggs and Sanders had three children.
Meanwhile, Sanders is back at his Vermont home after being treated for a heart attack in Las Vegas.
The plane carrying the 78-year-old senator arrived in Vermont just before 6 p.m. Saturday, one day after he was released from a hospital.
As he left the airport he told reporters I'm feeling great, thank you.
He was then driven home in a motorcade where he was greeted by family at the front door.
Sanders was attending a campaign event Tuesday when he experienced chest discomfort and was taken to a hospital.
Sanders' campaign released a statement from his doctors that said two stents were inserted to open up a blocked artery in his heart.
The doctors said the rest of his stay was uneventful with good expected progress.