President Ronald Reagan was the longest living president. He died at his home in Bel Air, California Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. of pneumonia complicated by Alzheimer’s disease.
Ronald Wilson Reagan was the oldest man ever elected to the White House and his reelection was the greatest landslide Americans had ever seen. When he left office, Reagan's public approval rating was higher than any other modern president.
His presidency began with drama. On Inauguration day, Iran released 52 American hostages after 444 days of captivity. In office barely two months, Reagan was gravely wounded in an assassination attempt. When the president came back to work public sympathy helped him push through the most sweeping changes in the federal government since Franklin Roosevelt’s administration and the biggest tax cut in history.
After he left office, and for the past ten years, Mister Reagan suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Describing his disease is a poignant letter to the American people.
Early this evening, the body of the former president left his home, for the trip to the funeral home.