U.S. President Barack Obama and the country's presidential hopefuls react to the death of former First Lady Nancy Reagan, at the age of 94. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama said they are "grateful for Nancy Reagan's life, thankful for her guidance, and prayerful that she and her beloved husband are together again" in a statement issued Sunday. The couple was reacting to the news that former First Lady Nancy Reagan had died at her home in California, at the age of 94. The cause of death was congestive heart failure, said a spokeswoman for the Reagan presidential library. Nancy Reagan was known for her devotion to her husband, former president Ronald Reagan, as he survived an assassination attempt during his eight years in the White House and then was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Republican candidates for the 2016 presidential nomination, from businessman Donald Trump to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, also conveyed their sympathies. The ghost of Ronald Reagan, who remains deeply popular among Republican voters, has hovered over the campaign as in previous years, with party candidates vying to claim the mantle of Reagan's legacy. A Republican debate in September took place at the Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, California, with an Air Force One jet providing a memorable backdrop. Nancy Reagan will be buried next to her husband at that library. The public would have a chance to pay their respects prior to the funeral service, with details to come shortly.