Walter Frederick ‘Fritz’ Mondale, who served as U.S.vice president under former president, Jimmy Carter has died aged 93, according to a family spokesperson.
Mondale died at home in downtown Minneapolis surrounded by family, spokesperson Kathy Tunheim said.
“It is with profound sadness that we share news that our beloved dad passed away today in Minneapolis, Minnesota,” Mondale’s family said in a statement. “As proud as we were of him leading the presidential ticket for Democrats in 1984, we know that our father’s public policy legacy is so much more than that.”
Mondale served as the state’s attorney general starting in 1960 and later was named to the U.S. Senate to fill the seat left vacant by Hubert Humphrey, who was elected Lyndon Johnson’s vice president.
Mondale represented Minnesota in the Senate from 1964 until 1976, when he signed on as Carter’s running mate.
In a statement Monday night, Carter said he considered Mondale “the best vice president in our country’s history.” He added: “Fritz Mondale provided us all with a model for public service and private behavior.”
President Joe Biden said of Mondale: “There have been few senators, before or since, who commanded such universal respect. … It was Walter Mondale who defined the vice presidency as a full partnership, and helped provide a model for my service.”