Nancy Reagan, U.S. Presidential Wife and Protector, Dies at 94

Nancy Reagan, U.S. Presidential Wife and Protector, Dies at 94

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan died Sunday at 94. This photo was taken as Nancy Reagan embraces President Barack Obama's arm at the podium as he announced and signed the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act in the Diplomatic Room of the White House, June 2, 2009. (Pete Souza/The White House)
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan died Sunday at 94. This photo was taken as Nancy Reagan embraces President Barack Obama’s arm at the podium as he announced and signed the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act in the Diplomatic Room of the White House, June 2, 2009. (Pete Souza/The White House)

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Nancy Reagan, the former actress and first lady who nurtured the political career of husband Ronald Reagan, and was remembered for her unstinting devotion to the president as well as efforts to battle drug abuse and Alzheimer’s disease, has died. She was 94.

She died Sunday morning at her home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel Air, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library said in a statement. The cause was congestive heart failure.

The Reagans were inseparable during their 52 years of marriage, and their deep mutual affection carried over into public life. Nancy Reagan encouraged a close personal relationship with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raisa during tense arms negotiations in the 1980s. She sometimes organized Reagan’s schedule based on astrological readings, and caused a stir over White House renovations and pricey purchases.

“Nancy Reagan once wrote that nothing could prepare you for living in the White House,” President Barack Obama said Sunday in a statement. “She was right, of course. But we had a head start, because we were fortunate to benefit from her proud example, and her warm and generous advice.”

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