Rosalynn Carter's Cause of Death Revealed

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Rosalynn Carter

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter died on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. The wife of former President Jimmy Carter was 96 years old.

The Carter Center announced just two days prior that Rosalynn had begun hospice care.

Jimmy Carter said in a statement after her passing, "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."

Find out Rosalynn Carter's cause of death.

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Did Jimmy Carter's wife pass away?

Yes. Rosalynn Carter died on Nov. 19, 2023.

What is Rosalynn Carter's cause of death?

Rosalynn Carter had dementia, which was diagnosed in May 2023. She was in hospice care, which the Carter Center announced just two days before her passing.

"She and President Carter are spending time with each other and their family," the Carter Center said in a statement at the time. "The Carter family continues to ask for privacy and remains grateful for the outpouring of love and support."

At the time, President Carter had already been in hospice care for nine months.

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What did Jimmy Carter's wife do?

Rosalynn Carter served as first lady of the United States during Jimmy Carter's term, even sitting in on the president's cabinet meetings. She was also an advocate for mental health care and treatment, helping her husband to establish a Presidential Commission on Mental Health.

Rosalynn was also a big campaigner for Jimmy's re-election campaign, as he spent most of his time during the period focused on the Iran hostage crisis.

Following Jimmy Carter's presidency, Rosalynn was an active humanitarian, often by her husband's side building homes for Habitat for Humanity and working with their Carter Center organization, which promotes human rights, democracy, disease prevention and mental healthcare worldwide.

"The global staff of The Carter Center grieves the passing of our visionary co-founder, former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter, whose compassion, strength, and leadership inspired us all," the Carter Center said in a statement after her death on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. "For more than 50 years, Mrs. Carter was a tireless advocate for those living with mental illnesses, supporting practical measures and policy reforms to create parity for mental illnesses with physical illnesses in Georgia, the United States, and the rest of the world."

Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter's son, Chip, added, "Besides being a loving mother and extraordinary First Lady, my mother was a great humanitarian in her own right. Her life of service and compassion was an example for all Americans. She will be sorely missed not only by our family but by the many people who have better mental health care and access to resources for caregiving today."

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Is Jimmy Carter's wife still alive?

Jimmy Carter's wife Rosalynn Carter died on Nov. 19, 2023.

Has Rosalynn Carter passed away?

Rosalynn Carter died on Nov. 19, 2023.

What was Rosalynn Carter's age when she died?

Carter was 96 years old at the time of her death.

Where is Rosalynn Carter buried?

Carter will be buried Wednesday, Nov. 29 in a private interment at the Carter family estate in Plains, Georgia.

When is Rosalynn Carter's funeral?

Rosalynn Carter's memorial services will begin Monday, Nov. 27 and conclude with her interment on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Key events include a Wreath-laying at Georgia Southwestern State University and repose at Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum (Monday), tribute service at Glenn Memorial Church at Emory University (Tuesday), public motorcade, funeral service and interment (Wednesday.)

Full details on Rosalynn Carter's memorial service are available at

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