“Dust lady” of iconic 9/11 photo dies of cancer at 42

This September 11, 2001 photo shows Marcy Borders covered in dust as she takes refuge in an office building after one of the World Trade Center collapsed in New York City. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

“The Dust Lady” became one of the defining images of the 9/11 attacks. In the photo, Marcy Borders, then a 28-year-old Bank of America employee who worked on the 81st floor of the north tower, is seen covered in ashes and dust, running away in despair after one of the World Trade Center’s twin towers fell on September 11, 2001. On Monday, Borders, 42, lost her year-long battle with stomach cancer, which she believed was brought on by the tragic events of that day. In a Facebook post, her cousin John Borde wrote that she was a “hero” who had “unfortunately succumbed to the diseases that have ridden her body since 9/11.” He added, “In addition to losing so many friends, coworkers, and colleagues on and after that tragic day … the pains from yesteryear has found a way to resurface.” Borders had been battling depression and an addiction to crack cocaine since the attacks, causing her to lose custody over her children. She checked into rehab in 2011 and remained sober, but was diagnosed with stomach cancer last summer.

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