Geraldine Ferraro, a former congresswoman and vice presidential candidate, has passed away, she was 75 years old. The family of the former congresswoman and vice presidential candidate released a statement.
“Geraldine Anne Ferraro Zaccaro was widely known as a leader, a fighter for justice and a tireless advocate for those without a voice. To us, she was a wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, a woman devoted to and deeply loved by her family,” the family statement said. “Her courage and generosity of spirit throughout her life waging battles big and small, public and personal, will never be forgotten and will be sorely missed.”
According to CNN, Ferraro died in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, surrounded by her loved ones. She died due to complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer she has been fighting for over 12 years.
Ferraro was the first female vice presidential candidate from a major U.S. political party in the 80′s when she ran with Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale.
Sarah Palin tweeted her message to Ferraro’s family:
“So very sad, the passing of Geraldine Ferraro. God bless her family and friends;thank you for sharing this accomplished American with all of us.”
President Obama made a long statement about Ferraro here is a short portion:
“Geraldine Anne Ferraro Zaccaro was widely known as a leader, a fighter for justice and a tireless advocate for those without a voice.”
Go here to read the rest of President Obama’s statement.