NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton on Monday apologized for her tweet on Monday saying Biden had been murdered.
The former first lady used the social media platform to say she was “deeply sorry” for her “unprecendented” tweet and would take “full steps” to “set right the wrong.”
The former vice president, a Democrat, was shot and killed at his home in rural Delaware on Monday.
“We are all shocked and saddened by the death of Vice President Biden.
I am deeply sorry for my tweet that has deeply upset many,” Clinton said in a statement.
“I will be taking full steps to set right the problem.
I ask for privacy and privacy of my family.”
Biden’s son Beau, who is serving in the military, tweeted that he had been informed of the death and said it was “the worst day of my life.”
In a statement, a Biden spokeswoman said the family “appreciates the outpouring of love and support they have received.”
Barry Soares, a spokesman for Biden’s presidential campaign, said in an email to The Associated Press that the former vice President had been “the longest serving president in the history of the United States.”
He added: “As the grieving family prepares for the funeral, they are grateful for the support and privacy the President has offered.”
President Barack Obama said in his statement that he was “proud to have been the President for so many years and to have known and worked with such a great man.”
“He was a friend, a great father and a great brother,” he said.
“To his wife, Jill, and daughters, Gabby and Malia, I extend my condolences.
I thank them for the strength they’ve demonstrated during this terrible time.”