Marcy Borders, survivor known as ‘Dust Lady’ in iconic 9/11 photo, dies at 42

Updated 10:15 PM EDT, Wed August 26, 2015

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Marcy Borders, 9/11 survivor recognized as the "Dust Lady," died Tuesday after a battle with stomach cancer

"We lost our very own hero," her cousin said

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Many remember the haunting photograph: A woman wearing business attire and pearls is covered head-to-toe in white dust, her hands held out helplessly before her, as she makes her way out of the World Trade Center’s damaged North Tower on September 11, 2001.

Marcy Borders survived that day, getting out before both towers of the trade center crumbled and killed 2,753 people in the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil.

But the woman in the photos, known to most as the “Dust Lady,” died Tuesday, her family said. She was 42.

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She had been battling stomach cancer since last year, daughter Noelle Borders told CNN.

“My mom fought enemies in battle and I just loved her so much,” Borders said in a phone interview. “She will always live through me.”

Family members mourned the mother of two on Facebook.

“I can’t believe my sister is gone,” Michael Borders, her brother, posted.

“We lost our very own hero,” her cousin Elnardo Borders wrote.

Borders was 28, working as a legal assistant at Bank of America in the North Tower of the World Trade Center, when planes hijacked by terrorists struck.