Former first lady Rosalynn Carter dies at 96 after battle with dementia

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter has died following her battle with dementia. She was 96 years old.

The humanitarian and wife of 39th President Jimmy Carter died peacefully at home with her family by her side, according to a statement provided to The Post from the Carter Center.

“Rosalynn has been my equal partner in everything I have accomplished,” said President Carter, 99.

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter has died following her battle with dementia.
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“She gave me great advice and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in this world, I always knew someone loved and supported me.

Rosalynn was diagnosed with dementia in May 2023 and joined her husband in home hospice care in November.

At the White House, the Georgia native was nicknamed “the Steel Magnolia” because of her strong but gentle nature as first lady.

She was 96 years old.
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Rosalynn dedicated her time to campaigning for people with disabilities, women’s rights issues and pushing back against the discourse surrounding mental health issues at the time.

His work in the field of mental health led to the pa*sage of the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980 with the President’s Commission on Mental Health.

She also founded the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers in 1987.

Eric Adams, Mayor of New York expressed his condolences Sunday, tweeting: “First Lady Rosalynn Carter lived a life of faith, service and decency. His death is a loss for our country.

Rosalynn worked extensively on mental health causes during her tenure as first lady.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer our condolences to President Carter, the Carter family, and all those who knew and loved her.”

Senator Cory Booker also tweeted about the death of the former first lady.

“All her life, Rosalynn Carter has dedicated herself to serving others. As First Lady, she served our country with grace and kindness. My heart is with his love for over 75 years, President Carter and their family today.

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