Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, known for fight against drug abuse, dies


Nancy Reagan, the former First Lady of the United States, died of congestive heart failure Sunday morning. She was 94.

The Reagan Foundation confirmed Reagan's death Sunday, noting she will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband.


Nancy Reagan was born July 6, 1921, in New York City and was raised in Chicago, before going on to study at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and eventually making her way to California, where she became an actress and met Ronald Reagan to begin their storied love affair.


As first lady, she was both praised and criticized, National Public Radio reports. She was questioned for redecorating the White House during tough economic times and for meddling in White House affairs, but she was also credited for her campaign to fight drug and alcohol abuse among America's youth with her "Just Say No" campaignher bio says.

After leaving office in 1989, she established the Nancy Reagan Foundation to continue her campaign to fight drugs. The foundation teamed up with the BEST Foundation For a Drug-Free Tomorrow to develop the Nancy Reagan Afterschool Program, a drug prevention and life-skills program for youth.

She made her husband's health her priority when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 1994, and cared for him until his death in 2004. Following his death, she worked to promote husband's legacy through the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, her bio says.

The former first lady was also a strong advocate for using stem cell research to learn more about Alzheimer's and other diseases, the Huffington Post reports.

Politicians, including some from Minnesota, and others have taken to social media to share their condolences and memories of Nancy Reagan.







Minnesota was the only state Ronald Reagan did not win when he ran for re-election in 1984. Minnesotans threw their support behind former Vice President Walter Mondale.

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