Walter Mondale, who served as vice president under Jimmy Carter and was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984, died Monday in Minneapolis, a family spokesperson said. He was 93.
Nearing his death on Sunday, the elder statesman from Minnesota spoke by phone with President Biden and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as Vice President Harris and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Axios reported.
In a goodbye email obtained by the website, Mondale told 320 staffers who worked for him over his four decade-long political career how much they meant to him and said he knew they would “keep up the good fight.”
He was the oldest-living vice president after the death of George H. W. Bush in 2018.
Known as Fritz to family, friends and voters alike, Mondale was a Minnesota attorney general and senator before serving under Carter ticket from 1977 to 1981.
In a statement Monday, the former commander-in-chief mourned his “dear friend” and thanked him for an “exemplary life,” writing that he considered Mondale “the best vice president in our country’s history.”
“During our administration Fritz used his political skill and personal integrity to transform the presidency into a dynamic, policy-driven force that had never been seen before and still exists today,” Carter said.
“He was an invaluable partner and an able servant to the people of Minnesota.”
Mondale’s own bid for the White House in 1984 ended in an historic landslide loss to popular Ronald Reagan.