604 Now

Terry Fox’s Mother Dies

Betty Fox, the mother of Canadian cancer icon Terry Fox, has died, a statement attributed to her family said Friday.

“It is with considerable sadness that we share that our wife, mother and grandmother died at 8:25am (PT) this morning,” said a statement on the Terry Fox Foundation website that was signed by “Rolly, Fred, Darrell and Judi.”

“Betty/Mom passed away peacefully surrounded by love. Betty was comfortable the last few weeks and months of her life, was always full of wit and rarely alone. Betty is now with Terry and joins other dear family members that predeceased her.”

The family made it public earlier this month that Fox, who was in her 70s, was seriously ill, after a media report surfaced, stating she had cancer.

Tributes flowed at the time. While her family confirmed that she was seriously ill, they said then that she was not suffering from cancer, the disease that claimed her famous son.

They declined to release any other details.

Terry Fox has become known around the world after running more than 5,000 kilometres across half the country on a leg amputated after a cancer diagnosis.


Log in or create an account to save content

Become a local insider