Marcy Borders, ‘Dust Lady’ Who Survived 9/11, Dies at 42

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‘My Sister Was a Fighter’: Brother of Iconic 9/11 ‘Dust Lady’ Speaks Out After Her Death from Stomach Cancer.

The family of Marcy Borders, a 9/11 survivor who became known as the “dust lady” after she was photographed covered in ash following the attack on the World Trade Center, says his sister was a “fighter” following her death from stomach cancer on Tuesday at age 42. “All I have to say is my sister was a fighter, a survivor, and a great person,” Michael Borders tells PEOPLE from his family home in Bayonne, New Jersey. A school friend wrote about Michael coming to class the week of 9/11 with the iconic photo and how he couldn’t stop talking about how happy he was his sister had made it to safety.

I was just saying to myself and saying out loud that I didn’t want to die.” She was eventually led downstairs and into a neighboring building by another person, where her picture was taken by a photographer for Agence France-Presse, Stan Honda. She had been just a month into her new job on the 81st floor of the north tower when American Airlines Flight 11 slammed into the building, said The Guardian. Instead of remaining at her desk, as her supervisor had ordered, she fled from the office – ending up in the chaotic street, which was heaving with enormous clouds of dust and the hordes of walking wounded. She also struggled with depression and drug addiction, and was having trouble paying her medical bills which left her unable to take medication in the prescribed dosages.

My emotions are all over the place right now.” He later wrote: “She @ peace now!!!” After the attacks, Ms Borders spiralled into a decade-long deep depression and alcohol and drug abuse, though she eventually recovered after several years. “I didn’t do a day’s work in nearly 10 years, and by 2011 I was a complete mess,” she told the New York Post. “I was convinced Osama bin Laden was planning more attacks.

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