Nancy Reagan Dies at age 94 according to the latest reports. One of the most famous first ladies, Nancy Reagan was a public icon even before her husband died in June 2004. See more below for the latest on Nancy Reagan dies. Also see a great recent video of her below.
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Nancy Reagan Dies: Reports via Market Watch
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan has died at the age of 94.
The wife of former President Ronald Reagan had been in failing health for the past few years before dying at the family home in Los Angeles from congestive heart failure, longtime Reagan spokeswoman Joanne Drake said.
“She was his closest friend in the world, her influence was monumental,” former Reagan aide Ed Rollins told Fox News Channel on Sunday.
Nancy Reagan already planned to be buried next to her husband at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
Nancy and Ronald married when they were both actors in 1952. She famously led the “Just Say No” campaign against illegal drugs in the 1980s.
While the campaign was mocked in some circles, it marked a turning point in the role of first ladies to tackle serious societal issues.
In her eight years as first lady, Nancy Reagan was named the nation’s most admired woman three times (1981, 1985 and 1987), according Gallup pollsters.
The only other women to be so honored during the Reagan White House (1981-1989) were British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1982-84, 1988-89 )and Mother Teresa (1986).
Ronald Reagan was 93 when he died on June 5, 2004, from complications of his Alzheimer’s disease.
The Reagan Library’s Web site on Sunday posted a quote from Ronald Reagan, about his wife, in 1994: “Nancy Davis Reagan has led a remarkable life – as an adoring daughter, a loving mother, a devoted and sensitive partner, and a worthy ambassador for our country as First Lady. I have seen her cope bravely with life’s most difficult challenges, exuding grace and dignity and strength. I am so proud of this woman … I can’t imagine life without her.”