Former first lady of the USA and wife of ex-president Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter, died at the age of 96 in her home in the state of Georgia.
Former US First Lady Rosalynn Carter with her husband and former US President Jimmy Carter in Atlanta, September 2018
“Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a passionate campaigner for mental health, care and women’s rights, died on Sunday, November 19 at 2:10 p.m. at her home in Plains, Georgia, at the age of 96. She died peacefully, with her family by her side,” said the Carter Center, the presidential couple’s non-profit organization.
She added that Carter suffered from dementia and her health condition had gradually deteriorated in recent months.
“Rosalynn has been my equal partner in everything I’ve ever accomplished. She gave me valuable advice and encouraged me when I needed it. While Rosallyn was alive, I always knew I was loved and supported,” Carter said in a statement.
Jimmy Carter was the 39th president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. In 2002, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. He and Carter were married for 77 years. His wife participated in government meetings, often commented on controversial topics and represented her husband on foreign trips. The president’s advisers sometimes called her “co-president.”