Nancy Reagan, the wife of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, has died at the age of 94, according to media reports.
The spokeswoman stated that mourners should send contributions to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation in lieu of flowers.
It is believed she died from congestive heart failure.
She championed recreational drug prevention causes by founding the “Just Say No” drug awareness campaign, which was considered her major initiative as First Lady. It was a long, sad goodbye for a woman who said her life truly began when she married Ronald Reagan.
After she and her husband left Washington, she became her husband’s protector again as he struggled with Alzheimer’s disease.
Reagan also used her memoir to address the even harsher scrutiny she received for turning to astrology to at times adjust her husband’s schedule, following the 1981 assassination attempt on the president. “Whenever the going got tough, Nancy Reagan did just fine”.
Anthony says it would take Reagan years to learn how much impact her actions as first lady could have. He died in June 2004. In recent years she broke with fellow Republicans in backing stem cell research as a way to possibly find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Her entrance at a September 2011 debate for 2012 Republican hopefuls at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, prompted a standing ovation from the audience.
She is survived by two children, Patti Davis and Ronald Reagan Jr.