Former President Jimmy Carter was late to teach his regular Sunday school class at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia.
Carter, who was about 25 minutes late, said his 28-year-old grandson had died just hours before, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
This was the first time the former President was late, Carter told parishioners.
Carter’s grandson, Jeremy Carter, hadn’t been feeling well on Saturday, he told the congregation.
The family found his heart had stopped and Jeremy was pronounced dead at the hospital on Sunday, the newspaper reported.
Two weeks ago, Carter, 91, told the congregation he was cancer free.
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter was not at the service.