María Auxiliadora Delgado, the wife of Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez, died Wednesday at 82 years old, according to a presidential press release.
“We lament to report that today Mrs. María Auxiliadora Delgado, wife of the president of the Republic, Tabaré Vazquez, has died," stated the short press release that did not report Delgado’s cause of death.
Delgado and Vázquez were married since 1964 and had three biological children and one adopted child.
She served as first lady twice, during the first term of her husband between 2005 and 2010 and since 2015 when Vazquez assumed the presidency for the second time.
Deeply catholic, she maintained an extremely low profile as first lady, with few public appearances and little contact with the press. Uruguayans remember her image from the funeral ceremony of Pope John Paul II in 2005, when she was among those who represented Uruguay at the ceremony.
She was a former administrative employee and housewife.