Rosalynn Carter, the former US first lady, has died at the age of 96. 

She passed away peacefully on Sunday with her family by her side, the Carter Center announced. 

She had joined her husband in at-home hospice care on Friday, after being diagnosed with dementia in May.

“Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a passionate champion of mental health, caregiving, and women’s rights, passed away Sunday, Nov 19, at 2.10pm at her home in Plains, Georgia, at the age of 96. She died peacefully, with family by her side,” the Carter Center said. 

Jimmy Carter, the former US president, added: “Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished.

“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.”

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