Marcy Borders, 'dust lady' of 9/11, dies of stomach cancer at age 42

Marcy Borders, a woman whose dust-covered image became a haunting emblem of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack, has died of stomach cancer at the age of 42, family members said late Monday.

John Borders, Marcy's first cousin, wrote in a Facebook post that she "unfortunately succumbed to the diseases that (have) ridden her body since 9/11."

Borders, a New Jersey native, was working for Bank of America on the 81st floor of the World Trade Center's north tower when two hijacked passenger jets slammed into the Twin Towers. Instead of staying at her desk, as her boss had ordered, she fled from the building and into a street scattered with wounded workers.

A stranger pulled her into a building lobby just as the north tower collapsed — and it was then that Agence France-Presse photographer Stan Honda captured her terrified face in a famous photo that has since been seen around the world. For the rest of her life, Borders would be known as "The Dust Lady."

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