Yesha Callahan

9/11’s Iconic ‘Dust Lady,’ Marcy Borders Dies After Cancer Battle

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A woman who became known as the “Dust Lady” after being captured on camera in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on New York City has died after a battle with cancer.

Marcy Borders, a 42-year-old from Bayonne, New Jersey, was pictured covered in dust after the World Trade Center. She was inside one of the towers, but managed to escape.

She died in the hospital on Monday night at around 11:10 p.m. ET, according to her brother, Michael Borders.

“At this time I need everyone to take the time out to pray for my sister, Marcy Borders,” her brother said on Facebook shortly after her death Monday. “I can’t believe my sister is gone.”

Borders spoke about her cancer diagnosis last August, The Jersey Journal reported. And said it was linked to the 9/11 attacks.

“I’m saying to myself, ‘Did this thing ignite cancer cells in me?'” she told The Journal. “I definitely believe it, because I haven’t had any illnesses.”

RIP Marcy Borders.

Image Credits: The Jersey Journal

  1. August 26, 2015 - Reply

    May she rest in peace.

  2. August 26, 2015 - Reply

    RIP Sister Marcy Borders.

  3. August 26, 2015 - Reply

    May she rest in peace.

  4. August 27, 2015 - Reply

    May Marcy Borders rest in peace. But I wouldn’t put it pass that the dust caused her cancer. Think about the toxins, smoke and particles that was in the air which can cause health effects. Sucks that she survived it but still might have lost her life after it.

  5. August 27, 2015 - Reply

    Does anybody remember Donna Summer saying the same thing about her cancer? That it was related to the 9/11 attacks and all that dust.

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