Former US President Jimmy Carter will end medical treatment and enter hospice care at his Georgia home.
The Carter Center foundation announced at the weekend that the 98-year old Carter had decided to “spend his remaining time at home with his family,” but did not say what had prompted the decision.
Terminally ill patients may seek hospice care instead of going through further medical treatment, to provide comfort towards the end of a patient’s life.
Mr Carter, has suffered from recent health issues, including a melanoma that spread to his liver and brain.
The country’s oldest living leader, Carter served one term in office from 1977-81, during which he faced a spate of foreign policy challenges and the Democrat was defeated in his re-election bid by Ronald Reagan.