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Nancy Reagan dead aged 94

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Nancy Reagan, pictured at a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Library in 2011
Nancy Reagan, pictured at a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Library in 2011

Former US First Lady Nancy Reagan has died aged 94.

The news was broken by TMZ, who claimed they were told the news by a 'close family member'.

According to NBC News the cause of death was congestive heart failure.

They also quote her representative Joanne Drake who said in a statement: "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." 

Nancy Davis married fellow movie star Ronald Reagan in 1952 but came to true global attention when her husband became President of the United States in 1981.

Nancy and Ronald Reagan at a campaign rally for his re-election in November 1984

Famed for founding the 'Just Say No' campaign in the war on drugs launched by the Reagan presidency she devoted the years after they left the White House in 1989 to taking care of her husband, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1994.

After his death in 2003 Reagan remained active in both politics and advocacy for stem cell research.

In recent years her health was reported to have declined and her public appearances became increasingly rare.