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Jeremy Carter

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Jeremy Carter

Jeremy Carter, one of former President Jimmy Carter’s grandsons, has died of unknown causes, People magazine and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution report. He was 28.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that former President Carter revealed the news of his grandson's death while teaching a Sunday school class mere hours later.

Jeremy was found unresponsive after retiring for a nap Saturday, reporting that he was feeling unwell. According to CNN, the family’s attempts at CPR were unsuccessful. He was then taken to the hospital, where he died Sunday.

Known for his sense of fun, good humor and lively sense of mischief, Jeremy was also a frequent ambassador for the Carter Institute, accompanying his Nobel Prize-winning grandfather on peace initiatives around the world.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the former president was very open about his loss, urging the congregants of Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, to "be filled with a sense of joy and thanksgiving."

"I should be joyful and thankful to God for giving me both life and freedom," Carter continued.

The congregation took Jimmy Carter's message to heart. As Maranatha member Jan Williams said to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Everything that happens in life, good or bad, he uses as a teaching experience. He lives his life as a lesson for other people to see."

In addition to his grandfather, Jeremy is survived by his parents, Jeff Carter and Annette Jene Davis, and two brothers, Joshua and James.

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