Woman in iconic 9/11 ‘Dust Lady’ photo dies of cancer

The family of Marcy Borders, who came to be known as the “dust lady” after being coated in ash and pulverised concrete as she escaped the World Trade Centre, confirmed her death on social media.


A woman whose photograph became one of the iconic images of the 9/11 attacks has died of stomach cancer aged 42. “I don’t have high blood pressure…high cholesterol, diabetes”.

Marcy Borders, from New Jersey, had just started her new job when the plane struck the the north tower where she worked.

As the north tower collapsed, a stranger pulled her into a building lobby.

‘I didn’t do a day’s work in almost 10 years, and by 2011 I was a complete mess, ‘ she told The Post in 2011. ‘Every time I saw an aircraft, I panicked.’

Borders, a mother of two, was just getting back into the working world – helping with a candidate’s local campaign for mayor – when her doctor told her in August 2014 that she had stomach cancer.

The picture of her covered in dust was taken by photographer Stan Honda of Agence France Presse and published in newspapers around the world and before her identity was revealed she became known simply as “dust lady”.

“Hundreds of people were trying to get out”.

“When I saw it, I was like: ‘Oh my God, I really don’t like the image America sees”.

John Borde called his cousin a “hero”, saying she “unfortunately succumbed to the diseases that has ridden her body since 9/11”.

“In addition to losing so many friends, co-workers and colleagues on and after that tragic day… the pains from yesteryear have found a way to resurface”. “My emotions are all over the place right now”. She was scheduled to undergo further surgery, radiation and chemotherapy in December, she added. The impact knocked her to the ground, and, ignoring a supervisor’s instruction to wait for rescuers, she fled down a stairwell with other employees, the Telegraph said.


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Marcy Borders 9/11 Dust lady dies of cancer