A resident of New York City, Ferraro died in Massachusetts General Hospital, surrounded by loved ones, and the cause of death was complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that she had battled for 12 years, according to a statement released by her family from Boston, Massachusetts.
The family statement also described her as the "first Italian-American to run on a major party national ticket."
The Mondale-Ferraro ticket lost by a landslide in 1984 to Republican incumbents President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H.W. Bush. In what became the second of Reagan's two terms in the White House, the Reagan-Bush ticket won the popular vote 58.8% to 40% and then nearly swept the electoral votes, 525 to 13.
In 1988, Bush was elected 41st president of the United States.
On Saturday, he and his wife, Barbara, issued a statement expressing "heartfelt condolences and love to Gerry's family." (Full story here)