The wife of former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono died on Saturday morning (Jun 1) at the National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a press statement.
Kristiani Herrawati, 66, better known as Ani Yudhoyono, had been battling blood cancer.
“Former Indonesian First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, the wife of former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, passed away late this morning at the National University Hospital in Singapore,” said MFA.
“The Singapore Government extends its deepest condolences to Bapak Yudhoyono and family, and to the people of Indonesia, in this time of mourning,” said MFA.
Mr Yudhoyono announced in a press conference in February that his wife had blood cancer and was being treated at NUH.
Two weeks ago, Mrs Yudhoyono posted on Instagram that she was grateful to have been allowed to leave her hospital room for a few hours.
“After three months of not breathing in fresh air, today I was asked by the doctor to leave the room to see the green leaves, the blue sky and the fresh air even if only 1-2 hours. Thank you, God … May my health recover,” she wrote then.
On Thursday, the Jakarta Post reported that Mrs Yudhoyono had been admitted to the intensive care unit at NUH after her health took a turn for the worse.
Mr Yudhoyono on Friday had expressed his gratitude for the “prayers and support” given by friends to his wife.
“I have watched a video of prayer and support for Ms Ani made by all of you friends,” he wrote on Facebook.
“I express my gratitude and am truly touched to watch this video, especially in the days when Ms Ani was struggling to cure her blood cancer,” he wrote.
The couple married in 1976 and have two children.