Rosalynn Carter, the wife of former US president Jimmy Carter, has died at the age of 96, leaving behind her husband of 77 years, APA reports citing Financial Times.
Her death was announced on Sunday afternoon by the Carter Center, the influential pro-democracy and human rights organisation she founded with her husband after he left the White House in 1981.
The Carter Center said she died “peacefully, with family by her side” at the home she shared with the former president in their hometown of Plains, Georgia. Her passing came just days after the Carter Center said she had entered hospice care at home, after being diagnosed with dementia.
“Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” President Carter, 99, said in a statement. “She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.” In addition to being a fierce supporter of her husband, Rosalynn Carter was a prominent campaigner in her own right, known especially for her advocacy on mental health at a time when such issues were not often discussed in public.