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

Marcy Borders said her cancer diagnosis was as a result of inhaling toxic air from the attack.

SEPT 11 SKYSCRAPERS Associated Press Associated Press

THE DUST-COVERED 9/11 survivor whose photo became an iconic image of the World Trade Centre attacks has died of cancer, aged 42.

The former Bank of America worker was dubbed the “Dust Lady” ­after a photographer snapped the photo of her looking shaken and covered with ash after fleeing the doomed buildings.

Sky News reports that Marcy Borders claimed the cancer diagnosis was as a result of inhaling toxic air from the attack.

“I definitely believe it because I haven’t had any illnesses,” she had told NJ.com. “I don’t have high blood pressure … high cholesterol (or) diabetes.”

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

Despite her boss telling her to stay at her desk, she fled from the building.

As the north tower collapsed, a stranger pulled her into a building lobby. This is when the photographer captured the shot that has since been published around the world.

“My mom fought an amazing battle,” Noelle Borders told The New York Post.

Not only is she the ‘Dust Lady’ but she is my hero and she will forever live through me.

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