Senator Bernie Sanders’ family is in mourning after his daughter-in-law Dr. Rainè Riggs suddenly died over the weekend at 46.
Rainè Riggs, a mother-of-three, died on Saturday, October 5, just two days after she was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, according to her obituary from the Lee & Martin Funeral Home in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania.
According to her family, Riggs, who was married to Levi Sanders, had fallen ill three weeks ago but her mysterious condition left doctors “stumped.”
However, last week she returned home to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she was diagnosed with cancer. Only two days after her diagnosis, she passed away.
The family wrote in a statement: “How can the world ever be the same when it said goodbye to such a beautiful soul? It is simple…. our world will never be the same.
“I don’t know how our family will ever get over this loss as she was loved so much. I do know that we will continue on because we have to…. we promised her we would.”
The family continued in reference to her children Sunnee Riggs Sanders, Ryleigh Riggs Sanders, and Grayson Riggs Sanders, “We promised to love her children every day as if they were our own.
“We promised this to her and so we will do it and hopefully every day the pain will become a little less. It is what she wanted.
“Rainè Riggs, we will miss you every day until the day we see your beautiful smile… I know you will be waiting for us.”
Riggs earned her doctorate in neuropsychology at the University of Vermont and spent her life dedicated to medicine and psychology.