‘Dust Lady’: 9/11 Survivor Marcy Borders Dies

(FILES) This September 11, 2001 file photo shows Marcy Borders covered in dust as she takes refuge in an office building after one of the World Trade Center towers collapsed when commercial planes crashed into them in New York. US citizens were having breakfast before going to work when terrorists calmly boarded flights they will hijack and smash into New York, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA/FILES (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

(FILES) This September 11, 2001 file photo shows Marcy Borders covered in dust as she takes refuge in an office building after one of the World Trade Center towers collapsed when commercial planes crashed into them in New York. US citizens were having breakfast before going to work when terrorists calmly boarded flights they will hijack and smash into New York, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA/FILES (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

The blogosphere is mourning the loss of Marcy Borders, 42, the woman referred to as ‘Dust Lady,’ after what would become an iconic photo of her taken by AFP photographer Stan Honda went “viral” during news coverage of the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks. CNN‘s David Shortnell writes:

“Many remember the haunting photograph: A woman wearing business attire and pearls is covered head-to-toe in white dust, her hands held out helplessly before her, as she makes her way out of the World Trade Center’s damaged North Tower on September 11, 2001.

She survived that day, getting out before both towers of the trade center crumbled and killed 2,753 people in the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil.

But the woman in the photos, known to most as the ‘Dust Lady,’ died Tuesday, her family said. Marcy Borders was 42.

She had been battling stomach cancer since last year, daughter Noelle Borders told CNN.”

Read more at CNN.

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