Former US First Lady Rosalynn Carter Passes Away at 96

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By Iyojo Ameh

Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady of the United States, has passed away at the age of 96, according to an official statement released by the Carter Center. The announcement confirmed her peaceful passing at her home in Plains, Georgia, at 2:10 p.m. on Sunday, following a prolonged battle with dementia and declining health in recent months.

Former President Jimmy Carter, her husband, expressed deep gratitude for her unwavering support, emphasizing her pivotal role as his partner in all achievements. He praised her guidance and encouragement throughout their shared journey, reflecting on their enduring bond.

“Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” said former President Carter. “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.”

Rosalynn Carter’s entry into hospice care, following a dementia diagnosis in May, was a significant turn in her health journey. Her husband, former President Jimmy Carter, had earlier transitioned to home hospice care in February, after multiple hospital stays.

President Joe Biden extended condolences to the Carter family, acknowledging their profound impact on the nation and their legacy of grace in public office. He spoke with the family, learning that Jimmy Carter was surrounded by loved ones during this difficult time.

In a joint statement, the White House expressed appreciation for Rosalynn Carter’s dedication to causes such as equal rights, mental health advocacy, and caregiver support. Her commitment and influence as an advocate for various social issues remain a cornerstone of her legacy, marking the end of an era characterized by compassion, activism, and support for those in need.

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