9/11 'Dust Lady' is dead - The dust-covered 9/11 survivor or "Dust Lady" whose photograph later became a defining images of the terror attacks has died after battling stomach cancer. She was 42.
Marcy Borders was 28 when the attack took place. She became known as the 'Dust Lady," after Agence France-Presse photographer Stan Honda took her picture after she was pulled to safety by a bystander moments before the second of the Twin Towers started to fall.
Borders used to work as a legal assistant at the Bank of America and she was running late for her office on the 81st floor of 1 World Trade Center when al-Qaeda-linked terrorists slammed two of four hijacked planes into the Twin Towers. The attacks claimed nearly 3,000 people.
In a Facebook post Monday, Borders' brother Michael Borders wrote: "I can't believe my sister is gone," The Jersey Journal reported.
Borders, the mother of two, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in August 2014. In November that year, Borders told the paper: "I'm saying to myself 'Did this thing (9/11) ignite cancer cells in me? I definitely believe it because I haven't had any illnesses. I don't have high blood pressure...high cholesterol, diabetes."
"Marcy Borders' passing is a difficult reminder of the tragedy our city suffered nearly 14 years ago. NYC holds her loved ones in our hearts," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.
Borders said she used to avoid looking at the iconic image of herself as much as possible.
"I try to take myself from being a victim to being a survivor now," she told the Jersey Journal. "I don't want to be a victim anymore."