|Coretta Scott King|
The wife of the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. appeared at the National Action Network's "Keepers of the Dream" fundraiser on April 5, 2001. Mrs. King passed away at the age of 78 in Mexico while seeking treatment for ovarian cancer. Photo by Richard B. Levine
ATLANTA (BP)—Coretta Scott King was “a remarkable and courageous woman, and a great civil rights leader ... [who] carried on the legacy of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” President Bush said after news of her death Jan. 31.
“Mrs. King’s lasting contributions to freedom and equality have made America a better and more compassionate nation,” the president said.
King, 78, died at a health center in Mexico, 16 miles south of San Diego, that treats diseases considered beyond the help of traditional medicine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. She was found dead by her daughter Bernice in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, family friend and former United Nations ambassador Andrew Young told the newspaper.
King suffered a major stroke and heart attack last August that had impaired her speech and right side. Several months earlier, the Atlanta paper reported, she had been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, which causes the heart to quiver instead of beat regularly. Read More