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Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dies At 94

By Ashley Hume
Posted On Mar 06, 2016
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dies At 94

Nancy Reagan, former First Lady of the United States and wife of the late President Ronald Reagan, has passed away at the age of 94. She died of congestive heart failure on Sunday morning at her home in Bel-Air, California.

Nancy’s rep, Sabrina Drake, a spokeswoman for the Reagan Library, confirmed her passing in a written statement, adding, “Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004.”

The former First Lady was known for her unswerving loyalty and devotion to her husband, whom she married in 1952, while she was working as an actress for Los Angeles studio MGM.  She was at his side as he served two terms as Governor of California before ascending to become the 40th President of the United States.

Nancy was a quiet but influential advisor to President Reagan during his two terms in office and spearheaded the Just Say No! Campaign, working to get kids and teens off drugs.  The First Lady also became a pop culture icon, known for her chic fashion and air of Old Hollywood glamour.

Always a staunch guardian of her husband both politically and personally, Nancy became even more fiercely protective of him after an assassination attempt in 1981. She stood by his side after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1994, fighting tirelessly to raise money for research on the disease and continued her advocacy following his death in 2004.

Political figures and celebrities released messages of condolences and tributes at the news of Nancy’s death. President Barack Obama said, “”We remain grateful for Nancy Reagan’s life, thankful for her guidance, and prayerful that she and her beloved husband are together again.”