DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Ronald Reagan (aged 93)
40th president of the United States
Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 –June 5, 2004) was an American politician who served as the 40th president of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his presidency, he was a Hollywoodactor and union leader before serving as the 33rd governor of California from 1967 to 1975.
DEATH: Reagan died of pneumonia, complicated by Alzheimer’s disease, at his home in the Bel Airdistrict of Los Angeles, California, on the afternoon of June 5, 2004. A short time after his death, Nancy Reagan released a statement saying, “My family and I would like the world to know that President Ronald Reagan has died after 10 years of Alzheimer’s disease at 93 years of age. We appreciate everyone’s prayers.” President George W. Bush declared June 11 a National Day of Mourning, and international tributes came in from around the world. Reagan’s body was taken to the Kingsley and Gates Funeral Home in Santa Monica, California later in the day, where well-wishers paid tribute by laying flowers and American flags in the grass. On June 7, his body was removed and taken to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where a brief family funeral, conducted by Pastor Michael Wenning, was held. Reagan’s body lay in repose in the Library lobby until June 9; over 100,000 people viewed the coffin.