Former US vice president Walter Mondale dies

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© Provided by INSIDER Vice President Joe Biden (R) and former Vice President Walter Mondale shake hands during an event honoring Mondale at The George Washington University in Washington October 20, 2015. Mondale served as Minnesota attorney general from 1960 to 1964 and as its US senator from 1964 to 1976.

See more stories on Insider's business page. His family reports he died at his Minneapolis home at the age of 93.

In a statement, Mr Carter said he was "an invaluable partner and an able servant of the people of Minnesota, the United States and the world". "Through his work as a Senator, he showed me what was possible", Biden said in a statement. He followed the trail blazed by his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, to the vice presidency, serving under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.

"When President Obama asked me to consider being his Vice President, Fritz was my first call and trusted guide". More than three decades before Harris became the country's first female vice president, Mondale, as the 1984 Democratic presidential nominee, picked Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate, making her the first woman to run on a major-party presidential ticket.

Mr Mondale was Jimmy Carter's running mate for his winning 1976 presidential bid and defeat four years later. "I'll miss him dearly, and my heart is with his family today", Harris said in a tweet. Later he served as both the USA ambassador to Japan and the envoy to Indonesia under former President Bill Clinton.

He added: "As a Senator, an Ambassador, a Vice President, and a candidate for President, he lived and spread those values".