Former VP Walter Mondale recovering from heart surgery
February 12, 2014 — 4:09pm
Former Vice President Walter Mondale on Wednesday had heart surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
The surgery, which a statement said was "successful," came just a few days after Joan Mondale, the vice president's wife, passed away. Joan Mondale, 83, died on Feb. 3 and was memorialized on Feb. 8.
"Mr. Walter Mondale underwent successful heart surgery this morning at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He is resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery," said a statement. "His family requests privacy at this time."
Mondale is 86 years old.
Photo: Former Vice President Walter Mondale laughs during a lighter moment of tributes to Joan Mondale at her memorial service at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in Minneapolis. At left is son Ted Mondale and top right, former President Jimmy Carter. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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