‘Dust Lady’ from iconic 9/11 image dies of cancer aged 42


A WOMAN whose dust-covered image was one of the iconic pictures of survivors of the 9/11 attacks on New York’s twin towers, has died aged 42 of stomach cancer.

Macy Borders was photographed by professional Stan Honda as she emerged shocked from a stairway of the north tower into an adjacent building, her smart office suit and business-like hair smothered in a thick coating of dust.

Ms Borders was working at Bank of America on the 81st floor of the tower when the planes hit the buildings in 2001.

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On the 10th anniversary of the attacks, Honda wrote of the moment he took the photo: “A woman came in completely covered in grey dust. You could tell she was nicely dressed for work and for a second she stood in the lobby. I took one shot of her before the police officer started to direct people up a set of stairs, thinking it would be safer off the ground level.”

Ms Borders maintained that her cancer, which she had been fighting for a year, had been caused by the substances she ingested on that day.

Paying tribute in the New York Post on Wednesday, Ms Borders’ daughter Noelle said: “Not only is she the ‘Dust Lady’ but she is my hero and she will forever live through me.”


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