Former Indiana First Lady Susan Bayh, an attorney and wife of former Governor Evan Bayh, died at age 61 after years of surgeries and treatments for brain cancer, her family announced Saturday.
Susan Bayh died Friday night in McLean, Virginia, a family spokesman said. She was Indiana’s first lady for eight years after her husband, a Democrat, won election to the first of two terms as governor in 1988.
Susan Bayh first underwent brain surgery in 2015 to remove a benign tumor, but she later had multiple surgeries and radiation and immunotherapy treatments after a malignant glioblastoma was discovered in May 2018.
Susan Bayh told reporters in 2019 that she was grateful for support she received during her health troubles.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb released the following statement:
“Janet and I were saddened to learn about the passing of former First Lady Susan Bayh. She was an extraordinary and radiant public servant, wife, mother and friend, who leaves a remarkable impact on our state and nation. I ask all Hoosiers to join us in praying and being there for the Bayh family.”
Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch gave the following statement:
“I am saddened to learn of the passing of former Indiana First Lady Susan Bayh. She was always a bright face to see at the Statehouse and throughout our state. She led Hoosiers by example and always wanted what was best for Indiana. My heart goes out to the Bayh family and I encourage Hoosiers everywhere to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers."