Sunday, March 6, 2016

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dead At 94

From NBC News:

Former first lady Nancy Reagan has died, according to a spokeswoman with the Reagan Library. She was 94.

The cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to her rep Joanne Drake. "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," Drake wrote in a statement.

"Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library."

"It is a very sad day," former Ronald Reagan Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein told NBC News.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Reagan asked that contributions be made to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation at, Drake said.

A former B-movie star, she married Ronald Reagan in 1952 and went on to become famous as a First Lady who was extremely loyal and protective of her husband.

While beloved by the conservative community, when I think of the Reagans I remember the tens of thousands who died during the early years of the AIDS epidemic, and the Reagans did little to nothing to stop it. It wasn't until May 1987 that President Reagan finally addressed the issue of AIDS - after over 20,000 Americans had died from the disease.

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