Former US Vice-President Walter Mondale has died in Minneapolis on Monday aged 93, his family has announced.
Mr. Mondale was Jimmy Carter’s campaigner for his winning 1976 presidential bid and defeat four years later.
Mr. Carter said he considered Mr. Mondale the “best vice-president in our country’s history”.
Mr. Mondale lost heavily to Reagan within the 1984 presidential election, securing only his home state of Minnesota and Washington DC.
That gave him 13 electoral votes compared with President Reagan’s record-high tally of 525.
Mr. Mondale is additionally remembered for selecting Geraldine Ferraro of latest York as his campaigner – the primary woman on a major-party presidential ticket.
In a statement, Mr. Carter said he was “an invaluable partner and an able servant of the people of Minnesota, the US and therefore the world”.
“Rosalynn and that I join all Americans in giving thanks for his exemplary life, and that we extend our deepest condolences to his family,” he added.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden said during a statement that they “were ready to call one among our nation’s most dedicated patriots and public servants an expensive friend and mentor”.
“Jill and that I had the chance to talk to Fritz and his family over the weekend, to reflect on the years of friendship we shared, and the way much we learned from and leaned on one another.”
Mr. Mondale’s family earlier said during a statement: “It is with profound sadness that we share the news that our beloved dad gave up the ghost.”
The family paid tribute to his achievements in housing, civil rights, and environmental policy.
They said plans for memorials in both Minnesota and Washington DC would be announced later.