(CNN) - Former White House press secretary Jody Powell has died, a spokesman for the Carter Center said Monday.
Powell, 65, died Monday of an apparent heart attack, Carter Center spokesman Tony Clark told CNN.
"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jody Powell," said Robert Gibbs, press secretary to President Barak Obama, in a written statement. "As press secretary to President Carter, Jody served his country during a difficult time, and he always did the job with grace and good humor.
"When I needed advice at the start of my own tenure as press secretary, he was always generous with his time and wise in his counsel. I'll miss his support and encouragement, and I'll be keeping him and his family in my thoughts and prayers."
After serving as press secretary to president Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981, he headed a Washington public relations firm, Powell-Tate, partnering with Nancy Reagan's former press secretary, Sheila Tate.
Updated: 6:39 p.m.