Former US President Jimmy Carter has entered hospice care at his home in Plains, Georgia, according to a statement released by the Carter Center on Wednesday.
The statement said that Carter, 95, is “at peace” and is being cared for by his family and staff.
The news of Carter’s health has prompted an outpouring of tributes from around the world. Former President Barack Obama called Carter “an inspiration,” while current President Joe Biden said he was “a man of extraordinary grace, decency, resilience, and optimism.”
The US Secret Service, which has provided security for Carter since he left office in 1981, released a statement expressing their “deepest sympathies and condolences.”
“He has been and will forever be by your side,” the statement said.
Carter, who is the oldest living former US president, served as the nation’s 39th president from 1977 to 1981. He is also the longest-lived president in US history.
Since leaving office, Carter has been active in humanitarian efforts, including the Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that works to advance human rights, reduce poverty, and promote peace.
Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work in advancing human rights, democracy, and peace.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalynn, four children, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.