In 2007, while serving as White House Press Secretary, Snow suffered a recurrence of colon cancer that had metastasized, ultimately leading to his death at age 53. Former President Bush and wife Laura issued this statement following the news of Snow's death:
"Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend, Tony Snow. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Jill, and their children, Kendall, Robbie, and Kristi. The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father. And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character."