Former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter, the wife of ex-president Jimmy Carter, has passed away at the age of 96.
It was confirmed by Carter Centre in a statement that she died peacefully with her family by her side.
Reportedly, on Friday, she had entered a hospice care home in the state of Georgia, and was spending time with her 99-year-old husband, who has been there since February.
In May, Mrs. Carter was diagnosed with dementia.
In July, the first couple celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary, marking it the longest first-couple marriage.
In a statement, the ex-president said, “Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished.” He added that his wife was the source of encouragement and guidance for him. “As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.”