NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A hazy image of a woman coated in ash was one of the iconic images of Sept. 11, 2001, and now, the woman in the picture has died of cancer.

Marcy Borders was just 28 years old, working as a legal assistant for Bank of America, when she made it down from the 81st floor of the former One World Trade Center that day, WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reported.

She stepped onto the sidewalk as the South Tower began to fall.

A photographer captured the image of Borders, covered in ash and looking like a ghost.

Borders, who lived in Bayonne, New Jersey and was a mother of two, was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year. She died in Monday at the age of 42.

Borders had wondered if her illness was related to that day, because she had not suffered from other illnesses.


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