Hillary Clinton’s mother passed away at the age of 92 shortly after midnight on Tuesday. The public offered their condolences to the mother of the secretary of state via Twitter.
HuffingtonPost.com founder Arianna Huffington sympathized with Clinton’s grief. She tweeted, "Losing my mom was one of the hardest things in my life. My heart goes out to Hillary Clinton."
Many offering sympathy through digital forums provided a link to a news story about the matter and provided a comment to accompany a link. One person wrote, "RIP Dorothy Rodham, who overcame incredible odds to raise a woman who would become one of the world’s greatest leaders."
People have been honoring Rodham, the parent of a very influential public figure on Twitter the instant the news broke early Tuesday morning.
One user tweeted, "Our heart goes out to Hillary Clinton. RIP Dorothy Rodham. You were a solid, great example to your daughter."
While Clinton’s mother usually stayed out of the spotlight, one exception was when Clinton was running for the 2008 Democratic nomination for president. She was often seen alongside her daughter, especially at events that had a focus on women’s issues.
During that campaign, Clinton cited her mother in many advertisements for her presidential nod. Many ads referenced her mother's high emphasis on self-esteem and the importance of standing up for people who need help.
"Her story was a quintessentially American one, largely because she wrote it herself," said the Clinton family in a statement. "She overcame abandonment and hardship as a young girl to become the remarkable woman she was - a warm, generous and strong woman; an intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother."
One Twitter user summed up the general consensus of the overall public reaction: "Love and prayers to Clinton and her entire family as they mourn the loss of her mother."