Former First Lady Nancy Reagan has died at the age of 94. The wife to former President Ronald Reagan, Nancy had been suffering from failing health for several years leading up to her tragic death of congestive heart failure.
Nancy Reagan has passed away at the age of 94 due to congestive heart failure, Joanne Drake, a spokeswoman for the Reagan family confirmed. The former first lady of the United States passed away at her home in Bel Air, California on March 6, 2016.
The beloved first lady’s death was confirmed by her representative, Joanne in a statement. She also released details of Nancy’s funeral plans. “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,” Joanne wrote. “Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library.”
Anne Frances “Nancy” Robbins was born on July 6, 1921 in New York City, and was an actress before her rise in the political field. Her 1952 marriage to President Reagan was something for the history books. Known for their dedicated, loving union, she wasn’t just a first lady during his governorship and presidency — she was a trusted political aide. “Without Nancy, there would have been no Governor Reagan, no President Reagan,” Michael K. Deaver, the late aide and close friend of the Reagans once said.
And it’s remarkably true. Nancy was a fierce protector of President Reagan’s political image and his policies, playing and integral part in his presidency behind the scenes, becoming the chief person to help him recover from the Iran-contra scandal. Their passionate love was felt on both sides. “He was all I had ever wanted in a man, and more,” she wrote in 1989’s “My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan”. President Reagan once said: “How do you describe coming into a warm room from out of the cold? Never waking up bored? The only thing wrong is, she’s made a coward out of me. Whenever she’s out of sight, I’m a worrier about her.”
Nancy became first lady of California during Ronald’s governorship from 1967 to 1971. She was then first lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. She was a widely revered first lady who created the “Just Say No” to drugs campaign during her stay in the White House, and was a champion of many other causes, like Alzheimers research. President Reagan died in 2004 after battling the disease for 10 years. Nancy is survived by their two children, Patti Davis and Ronald Reagan Jr. May she rest in peace.
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with Nancy’s loved ones during this difficult time.