Former first lady Rosalynn Carter dies at 96

She partnered with her husband on policy and diplomacy during his presidency


November 20, 2023

President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter escort Chinese leader Deng Xiao-ping and his wife, Cho Lin, to a state dinner at the White House on Jan. 30, 1979. | Dennis Cook/AP

Rosalynn Carter, one-half of the longest-lived presidential couple in American history and perhaps the most egalitarian as well, died on Sunday, the Carter Center announced.

"Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished," former President Jimmy Carter said in a statement on Sunday. "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 May, her family reported that she was living with dementia; last week, they said that she had entered hospice care. The Carter Center said she "died peacefully, with family by her side." Her husband, who turned 99 last month, has been in hospice care since February.


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