Read Walter Mondale's Last Email to Staff in Full: 'Well, My Time Has Come'

Former Vice President Walter "Fritz" Mondale wrote a touching final email to his staff before he died aged 93 on Monday.

Mondale, who served as vice president during the Jimmy Carter administration from 1977 to 1981, died in his sleep at his Minneapolis home.

According to Axios, Mondale wrote an email to his "dear team" that was sent out on Monday.

It read: "Well my time has come. I am eager to rejoin Joan and Eleanor [his late wife and daughter, respectively] . Before I go I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me. Never has a public servant had a better group of people working at their side!

"Together we have accomplished so much and I know you will keep up the good fight. Joe [Biden] in the White House certainly helps."

The email concluded: "I always knew it would be okay if I arrived someplace and was greeted by one of you. My best to all of you! Fritz."

After learning of Mondale's death, Carter issued a statement in which he praised his former vice president.

It read: "Today I mourn the passing of my dear friend Walter Mondale, who I consider the best vice president in our country's history.

"During our administration, Fritz used his political skill and personal integrity to transform the vice presidency into a dynamic, policy-driving force that had never been seen before and still exists today."

Walter Mondale championed progressive causes and changed the role of VP—so leaders like @JoeBiden could be the last ones in the room when decisions were made. In selecting Geraldine Ferraro, he also paved the way for @VP to make history. Michelle and I send prayers to his family.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 20, 2021

Former President Barack Obama posted a tweet following the announcement of Mondale's death.

He said: "Walter Mondale championed progressive causes and changed the role of VP—so leaders like Joe Biden could be the last ones in the room when decisions were made. In selecting Geraldine Ferraro, he also paved the way for VP to make history. Michelle and I send prayers to his family."

Mondale served as the 42nd vice president of the United States and went on to suffer a landslide defeat to Ronald Reagan in the 1984 election.

Until his death, Mondale was the oldest former U.S. vice president, a status now held by Dick Cheney, who served in the George Bush administration from 2001 to 2009.

Mondale also served as Minnesota senator from 1964 to 1976 and later was the nation's ambassador to Japan during the presidency of Bill Clinton.

The former president is credited with transforming the role of the vice president by working for both U.S. and foreign policy in the position.

Mondale died in his sleep on Monday
In this photo, former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale gives an acceptance speech, October, 30 2002, at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He died in his sleep at his Minneapolis home on Monday. BILL ALKOFER / Stringer/Getty