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9/11 ‘Dust Lady’ dies of Cancer

The woman whose traumatized, dust-covered face captured the horrors of the September 11th attacks in a photo has died.

Marcy Borders, known as “The Dust Lady,” passed away at 42.

The image made Borders one of the most recognizable survivors. Just a month before the attack, she started working at Bank of America. The bank was located on the 81st floor of the World Trade Center. Borders was there when the first plane hit.

Miraculously, Borders managed to make it down to the ground level. She was walking away when the second plane struck the tower, leaving her covered in thick grey dust.

During an interview with The TelegraphBorders openly discussed the impact of the attacks on her life.

“I just couldn’t cope. The alcohol made me numb, the drugs got me high. Every time I saw an airplane, I thought there would be another attack. I could not get that day out of my mind.”

In Aug. 2014, Borders was diagnosed with stomach cancer.

“I’m saying to myself: ‘Did this thing ignite cancer cells in me?'” she said during an interview with NJ.com. “I definitely believe it because I haven’t had any illnesses. I don’t have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes.”

Our condolences go out to the family of Marcy Borders.