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Nechama Rivlin, Israeli First Lady, dies aged 73

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Israel is mourning first lady Nechama Rivlin, who died Tuesday months after a lung transplant.

She was 73 years old and was a frequent presence beside her husband, President Reuven Rivlin, despite her illness.

Nechama Rivlin was born in an Israeli farming community. Her parents emigrated from Ukraine.

Israeli President wife Nechama Rivlin passed away at the age of 73
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (L) and his wife Nechama Rivlin (R) during an official welcome ceremony for Bulgarian President Rumen Radev at the presidential residence in Jerusalem, 20 March 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE/ABIR SULTAN

She married the lawyer and future president in 1971 and was known as a popular first lady whose interests focused on the arts, the environment and children with special needs.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Nechama Rivlin “heroic” because of her battle against pulmonary fibrosis.

Via Haaretz

 

 

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