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Nehama Rivlin, the wife of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, dies

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JERUSALEM-Nehama Rivlin, the wife of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, died at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva on Tuesday, a day before her 74th birthday. 

Israel’s first lady had suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, a condition in which scar tissue accumulates in the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe.

She was usually seen in public with a portable oxygen tank, including when accompanying her husband at official ceremonies.

She underwent a lung transplant on March 11.

Born in an Israeli farming community, she married the future president in 1971 and was a trusted adviser throughout his political career.

She is survived by her husband, three children and seven grandchildren.

In a statement, the president thanked the hospital’s staff for the “dedicated, sensitive and professional treatment she received over the last few months, nights and days, with a broad and welcoming heart.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed deep sorrow over her passing, lauding her “heroic” battle against her illness.

 

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