'Dust Lady': Woman from iconic 9/11 attacks photograph dies

  • AFP, Washington
  • Updated: Aug 26, 2015 18:12 IST
This September 11, 2001 photo shows Marcy Borders covered in dust as she takes refuge in an office building after one of the World Trade Center towers collapsed when commercial planes crashed into them in New York. (AFP File Photo)

A survivor of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York who was featured in one of the most iconic photographs of the tragic incident has died of stomach cancer at the age of 42.

The family of Marcy Borders first announced her death Monday on Facebook.

Borders, who was 28 at the time of the attacks, was just one month into a job for Bank of America in one of the Twin Towers.

As one of the towers collapsed, she took refuge in a nearby office building, where AFP photographer Stan Honda took a haunting photo of her completely covered in a thick layer of ash, which earned her the moniker of "The Dust Lady."

The air appeared heavy and a distraught Borders was shrouded in a cloud of dust and backlit by an eerie yellow luminescence.

"I can't believe my sister is gone," her brother Michael Borders wrote on Facebook, asking for people's prayers.

Her cousin Elnardo Borders wrote: "May God Comfort us in our time of sorrow. My emotions are all over the place right now."

After the attacks, Borders spiraled into a decade-long deep depression and alcohol and drug abuse, though she eventually recovered after several years.

She lost her job at Bank of America, where she ignored repeated offers of a transfer.

She spent much of her time sequestered in her two-room flat, in one of the poorer parts of Bayonne, a bedroom community in New Jersey over the bridge from Manhattan.

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